8-pound dog snatched by eagle survives

Pennsylvania family reunites with pet

By Kaitlyn Walsh
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An 8-pound bichon frise named Zoey is back with her owners after being snatched up by an eagle Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Felipe Rodriguez said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw an eagle grab his sister's tiny pup and fly out of sight over the trees near the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, about 80 miles north of Philadelphia.

"It seemed like something from the 'Wizard of Oz,'" he told the AP on Wednesday. "I'm a city boy. This doesn't happen in my world."

Even more unbelievable, Zoey survived the ordeal.

Rodriguez drove around the neighborhood looking for the white dog after she was taken from his sister's fenced-in yard. His sister, Monica Newhard, and her husband then searched for Zoey in the woods to no avail.

The dog didn't show up until later that afternoon -- 4 miles away, the AP reported.

Christina Hartman, 51, came across the dog while she was driving on a snowy back road, the AP reported.

"I notice this little frozen dog, icicles hanging from all over. It could hardly move," Hartman told the AP.

Zoey no longer had a collar, but Hartman was determined to find the dog's family. It didn't take long for her to find Newhard's public Facebook post with a photo of Zoey and call her up, the AP reported.

"I said, 'It's a miracle! I have your dog!" Hartman told the AP.

Zoey had bruises and fur missing, but she was alive.

"She is not really herself but she is getting lots of love," Newhard texted the AP late Wednesday. "She doesn't want to go out. ... I really can't blame her."