GRANBY, CT (WFSB) – A Granby family’s dog is recovering after it was attacked by a bear last week.
Family members said the dog was brutally attacked by a black bear in their own backyard on Haven Drive, which is near the McClean Wildlife Refuge.
The family urged the town to take action to prevent another bear attack.
Though as of Monday night it was a week since the incident, Valerie Eastwood’s dog was still at an animal hospital.
Murphy the dog was rushed to the vet where he underwent emergency surgery.
Eastwood made a plea to the Granby Board of Selectmen.
The family Murphy was attacked after the bear entered their yard over a 5 foot fence around 11 a.m. on April 26.
"I heard screaming out here on the deck," Eastwood said.
Eastwood said the 78 pound Murphy was roaming their backyard beforehand.
The black bear infiltrated the fence and attacked the dog.
"Murphy was in bad shape and at first they thought he might not make it," Eastwood said.
Eastwood and her husband said they have lived near the McClean Game Refuge for five years.
They said they see bears often; however, the animals have never attacked their pets until now.
"Mostly it was muscle, fat, and skin loss from the bear both claw and bite," she said.
Eastwood said they just removed a bird feeder a short time ago.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said that may have been the source of the problem.
To keep bears away, DEEP suggests that people remove bird feeders and food from late March through November.
It also advised not to feed bears, don't leave food out overnight, and place garbage cans inside a garage or shed.
Eastwood urged the town to pass an ordinance similar to Simsbury’s, which prohibits the intentional feeding of wildlife and only allows the use bird feeders during certain months of the year.
"There are many children in this neighborhood, small children, with fenced in yards. There’s a certain amount of security that isn’t really there," Eastwood said.