Terrified dog owner fought off giant EAGLE which almost blinded her tiny Jack Russell in savage street attack

A TERRIFIED dog owner bravely fought off a giant eagle when it swooped down and almost blinded her Jack Russel in a savage street attack.

Marika Smith, 36, said she hoofed the bird of prey twice in the chest when it tried to grab Tiny in Shoeburyness, Essex.

The bird came back a second time for her Jack Russell/Pug cross and Marika only managed to fend it off with the help of a passer-by.

Tiny was left shaken up and suffered cuts to his eye and had to be treated by a local vet after the attack on Monday morning.

Marika was walking near a primary school when she looked up and saw the "an enormous bird" coming for Tiny.

She said: "I was just walking Tiny this morning when she got attacked by the biggest bird I've seen in my life, I'm 99 per cent sure it was an eagle.

"It got hold of her and I had to kick it in the chest so many times for it to let go with her and then it attacked again. It landed on my dog and she was screaming and crying.

"I was trying to get it off my dog and it took a few seconds, but those seconds felt like a life time. It was much bigger than me and my dog."

I was trying to get it off my dog and it took a few seconds, but those seconds felt like a life time.

A woman who was driving by pulled over and to help Marika when the eagle came back a second time.

Marika said Tiny was covered in blood and almost blinded her beloved pooch.

She said: "The woman who stopped also said it looked like an eagle.

"It has a blue ring around one if its legs, and a big beak, claws and its wings were bigger than me."

She added that Tiny is fine now but was very shaken up at the time.

On Facebook she warned other dog owners about the bird of prey.

Marika's heroic efforts comes almost five months after Gizmo the chihuahua was believed to have been snatched by a seagull in Devon.

Owner Rebecca, 24, said she would never give up hope after vets examined what appeared to be a dog bone found on a roof that later turned out to be from a rabbit.

Last month, another dog owner said they saved their pet after it was snatched by a seagull.

Emma the chihuahua was playing in the back yard when the huge bird swooped down.

Sheila Gillanders, from the village of Stoneywood near Aberdeen, said the bird grabbed Emma but she was able to grab her from its talons.

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