Mystery animal leaps into Encinitas yard, viciously attacks dog

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - An Encinitas woman has a warning for pet owners that coyotes aren't the only animals lurking near your yard.

Around 5:30 a.m. Friday along Avenida Esteban, Char Larsen let her 3-year-old dog Ruby out in her backyard to do her business.

Seconds later, Larsen heard a piercing scream. She raced out and saw the Mini Schnauzer mix bleeding, and a catlike creature leaping her fence.

Ruby needed surgery for five bite marks around her neck but will survive.

The creature left a paw print on the fence. We sent a photo of the print to an expert who confirmed it was likely a bobcat.

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