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A woman from Pennsylvania survived a vicious bear attack on Wednesday with the help pet chihuahua named Bear.
Investigators say Melinda Lebarron was outside her home with her dog when the bear grabbed her leg and dragged her more than 80 yards from the back porch of her home in Lycoming County.
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She was able to get back into the house and was able to contact a neighbor who called 911.
Friends said Lebarron suffered broken bones and deep wounds as a result of the bear attack Wednesday night outside Muncy.
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She survived but is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center.
Bear, who is a female dog, is currently being treated at the Susquehanna Trail Animal Hospital for a broken sternum, punctured lung and a number of external wounds, according to Lebarron's daughter-in-law Cheyenne.
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Cheyenne Lebarron said Melinda told her from her sick bed that her pet dog is the reason she survived the horrific attack.
She told The Daily Item: 'We don’t know why it happened. No one was home and she isn’t able to speak at the moment.
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'We are able to ask questions and she can respond by motions. We asked if the dog went after the bear to protect her and if that is the reason she is still with us, and she nodded. That dog is the reason she’s alive'.
It is not known how the dog managed to fight off the bear but Cheyenne claimed Melinda will be able to provide more information when her condition improves.
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She said of the dog: 'Bear is doing remarkable considering the situation. She lost a lot of blood and has been under some pretty strong pain killers since but the vet today said she is alert,sitting up on her own and doing great'.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Lebarron was...
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