Bear breaks into North Carolina home, kills family dog

A family is mourning the loss of their beloved dog after he protected them from a bear that broke into their home.

“I thought I was gonna die,” said Tiffany Merrill.

It was an unbearable couple of seconds that felt like an eternity for Merrill after the bear broke in.

“I started yelling for my kids. ‘Shut your doors! Shut your doors! There’s a bear in the house.'”

Moments later, the family’s five-pound dog, Pickles, appeared.

“My dog came out, started barking and got the bear’s attention, and got the bear outside and he saved my life.”

Sadly, Pickles lost his life while protecting his family.

“There was nothing I could do. I wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog.”

While Merrill and her daughter Emily grieve, they also reflect on all the good times they had with their beloved Pickles.

“He was always with me. If I stayed up late, he stayed up late. If i wanted to go somewhere, he wanted to go somewhere,” Merrill recalled.

“The most thing I liked about Pickles was how he would put us to bed and if someone was here he would just lay next to us,” Emily said.

Although Pickles won’t be there anymore to lie next to them, the Merrills hope their story makes their neighbors more cautious the next time they see a bear.

“They’re way more dangerous than what you think they are. After what happened to me this morning, like, who would have ever thought that’d happen? Not me.”