FREETOWN, Mass. (WHDH) — A woman whose dog was mysteriously attacked in Freetown believes a hawk was responsible for the injuries to her beloved pet.

Susan Nascimento, a dog groomer, said her 10-year-old Bichon Frise, Daisy, suffered serious injuries while playing in the backyard Monday. Although she didn’t see what happened to her dog, she said Daisy was in bad shape when she found her.

“She was totally covered with blood. I thought it was a groundhog or something but the vets told me no, it was no groundhog,” Nascimento said. “They could tell from the marks, the way the claws were.”

Daisy was taken to the animal hospital, where she was treated for a broken paw and several deep gashes. The dog now needs to stay off her paws for the next eight weeks.

Veterinarians said the incident should serve as a reminder to small dog owners to always keep an eye on their pets, especially if they live near wooded areas.

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