This is the terrifying moment a pet owner realizes her dog is playing with a dangerous wild animal.
A woman was studying the Bible at her home when a friend told her that her dogs were playing outside.
“I said, ‘I only have one dog,'” Sandy told Ali KCRA.
Surveillance footage showed her rushing outside just as the mountain lion fled into a nearby tree.
“It’s really beautiful,” Ali said. “It was just so quick with a jump in the tree.”
Ali called 911 and first responders from multiple agencies came to her home to try to capture the animal.
According to Ali, after the cat waited in the tree for several hours, authorities tried to calm the animal, but it jumped into a nearby field and fled.
“They couldn’t find it,” Ali said.
The search for the animal continues and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is asking people living in the area to be aware of their surroundings and keep their pets indoors.
Ali has lived in Morada, California for several years, but this was the first time something like this had happened near her home.
Several local residents heard about the mountain lion sighting, calling it “surprising” and “unexpected.”
“I mean, a mountain lion in a flat area, in a residential area,” a neighbor of the outlet said. “This is very unexpected.
Ali believes the animal, the mountain lion, has moved on but said she is grateful for her dog, Rocco.
Rocco chased the mountain lion through the backyard, as seen on the home’s security camera.
Watching the video is still shocking to her, she said.
Ali praised Rocco for protecting the court.
“I think Rocco has proven that he can take care of himself,” she said.
She also thanked law enforcement for their quick response to the situation.