An owl attack has left a 4lb Chihuahua with a healthy fear of the dark.
The attack happened when Chico the Chihuahua was out for a walk with his owner George Kalomiris in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake last week.
He said they were walking down the street when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to fly away with the three-year-old dog.
Mr Kalomiris said he kept a firm grip on Chico's leash as the bird dragged the dog across the sidewalk, and he managed to scare the owl away.
Chico was treated for a puncture wound caused by the owl's talons, and his owner added that he is still traumatised and now refuses to go outside at night.