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Bedford family dog is recovering from bear attack

Bedford family dog Ares gets treated for wounds consistent with a bear attack on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (photo: Corey Ramsey)

Don Barlow received a dreadful call Monday evening after neighbors noticed his family's dog, Ares, sitting on the side of the road injured.

"I didn't know if he was going to make it, so I didn't know if I was going to have to put him out of his misery or not," Barlow said. "Blood was coming out of him pretty good, and I just couldn't figure out where it was coming from."

There was a lot of blood, deep puncture wounds on the pit bull-boxer mix's belly and claw marks on his sides.

Barlow's son-in-law, the dog's owner, Corey Ramsey, was at work when he got the call.

"They were telling me how bad it was and that they couldn't really do much up here in Bedford, so we had to take him to the Lynchburg Emergency," said Ramsey.

They said a veterinarian told them the wounds were consistent with a bear attack.

"He said, I've seen enough of this, and it's definitely a bear, not a bobcat, not a mountain lion, it was definitely a bear that got into him," Barlow said.

After several stitches and medications, Ares is now on the road to recovery.

"He wants to get out and play, but we're trying to take it slow," said Ramsey.

Residents have said bear sightings have increased in recent years, but attacks like these are extremely rare.

The family believes it was a chance encounter, and they're thankful Ares has a second lease on life.

"I'm hoping that the bear got his little piece of action, and he or she has moved on to other things to do," Barlow said.

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