Blind, deaf poodle scooped up by hawk finds her way back home 28 hours later


WHITEHALL, Penn. (WTAE/CNN Newsource) — A Pennsylvania pet owner was horrified when a hawk scooped-up her blind and deaf toy poodle.

But amazingly, the dog is now back in her arms.

Deborah Falcione calls her little clan of dogs, her life, but after what happened, Thursday, she wasn’t sure she’d see her 16-year-old poodle Porschia again.

“But all I can do is thank god for the miracle because I don’t know how else this dog could have survived,” Falcione said.

A wild night that started when Porschia was scooped up from Falcione’s back deck by a hawk and carried off.

After hours of searching. Falcione started to lose hope, especially after temperatures dropped well below freezing overnight.

All hope was lost until Friday afternoon when she got a call from Banfield Animal Hospital saying they had Porschia.

“I said, that’s impossible. She could not have survived 28 hours in the bitter cold weather in 10-degree weather,” Falcione said. “This is a six and a half pound dog. She’s blind, she’s deaf, she’s 16 years old. I went down there and sure enough, this is the dog.”

Porschia had been found by a neighbor, dropped by the hawk, nearly four blocks away from her home.

Falcione said Porscha may be the tiniest dog. But she has the strongest will to live.

“How she got away. I have no idea,” Falcione said. “How she survived it? I will never know, but I know one thing, by the grace of God, this dog is still alive.”

Falcione said the veterinarian had Porschia in a heating tank and she was very lethargic but had no broken bones and is otherwise ok.

For local, national, and breaking news, and to get weather alerts, download our FREE mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.