Eva the dog saves a woman from a mountain lion attack while hiking along the Trinity River in California; Belgian Malinois hailed as a hero

A woman hiking her dog in Northern California was attacked by a mountain lion and says she would have been killed if not for her dog.

Erin Wilson hiked along the scenic Trinity River with her dog Eva, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Suddenly, a mountain lion pounced on Wilson, scratching his shoulder, and then her dog, Eva, pounced to defend her owner.

Eve and the big cat fought fiercely, but the cat clung to the dog’s head. Its long teeth pierced Eva’s skull.

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Wilson ran to their nearby truck and grabbed a tire lever. She and another hiker, hearing the commotion, then began hitting the mountain lion with tire irons and rocks.

The other hiker then used pepper spray on the cat and she eventually let go of Eva and disappeared into the brush.

The two women took Eva to a veterinarian. According to Wilson, Eva cramped during the hectic drive.

X-rays showed Eva had two skull fractures and a punctured sinus. Eva spent several days at the vet, but after getting fluids, she started eating again.

The video shows Wilson hand-feeding her heroic dog, and despite the horrific attack, there’s good news. Eva has been released and is at home on her own dog bed with her own dog toy.

Wilson set up a GoFundMe page to help with vet bills. However, after raising more than $32,000 in just two days, she stopped accepting new donations.

Wilson hopes Eva has turned the corner and is making a full recovery. She says she has no doubt that she would have been killed by that mountain lion if she hadn’t had Eva by her side.

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