By Jayson Jacoby
A Baker Valley resident said the veterinarian who treated her dog believes the animal that attacked the 30-pound Shih Tzu on Sunday morning was a wolf.
Genie Ogg said her dog, a male named Taz, suffered four puncture wounds, one of which is more than two inches deep.
Ogg and her husband, Jay, live on Spring Creek Loop, which branches off Pine Creek Lane, near the base of the Elkhorns about 10 miles west of Baker City.
The couple, who have three pre-teen children, let Taz and their other dog, an 80-pound male Lab/boxer mix named Ruger, out their back door about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Jay Ogg heard Taz squeal, and when he looked outside he saw an animal, which he's convinced was a wolf, with Taz's head in its mouth.
The animal didn't immediately flee even though both Genie and Jay Ogg ran outside, and Jay fired shots from his 10 mm pistol to try to frighten the animal away.
"It just stood its ground," Genie Ogg said this morning.
The family's other dog, Ruger, ran at the animal, which then released Taz.
"If it wasn't for Ruger, Taz wouldn't have lived," Genie Ogg said.
The severity of Taz's wounds wasn't immediately apparent, in part because they didn't bleed profusely.
Genie Ogg said she took Taz to Baker City on Tuesday for grooming. The groomer, after trimming Taz's hair, recognized that the puncture wounds were serious.
On the groomer's recommendation, Genie Ogg took Taz to the vet.
The vet decided not to stitch the wounds, leaving them open to allow fluid to drain, Genie Ogg said.
The vet gave Taz an antibiotic injection, and the dog will take antiobiotic pills and pain medication for the next 10 days, Genie Ogg said.
Ruger sustained cuts around his eye, but the Oggs treated those with antibiotic ointment.
Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's (ODFW) Baker City office, followed two sets of tracks made by "large canids" near the Oggs' home.
Ratliff collected samples of hair and droppings, which will be genetically tested at the University of Idaho.
The Oggs have set up three motion-sensing cameras on their 16-acre property, and ODFW will install cameras on nearby public land.
Genie Ogg said she doesn't want wolves in the area.
"We understand we're living in their territory, but people need to be aware, so they'll be more cautious. I don't want another pet, or a child, to get hurt."