Pet lion escapes before mauling woman and killing dog in terrifying attack

A woman is in hospital after being set upon by a giant pet lion that broke free and killed a dog.

Lila Hernandez, 40, was pounced on by the beast and is now in a critical condition after the two-year-old lioness called Salome attacked her.

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The lion measures around two metres (6.6 ft) in length, and escaped from its owner's house in Cumbres III, Mexico, following an alleged break-in.

The escaped big cat reportedly attacked several animals in the area, killing at least one dog and savaging Lila on the street at 9.30am on Tuesday (January 31).

She was taken to, and remains at the Hospital Miguel Hidalgo in critical condition.

The lioness was eventually caught by its owner who kept the big cat inside a vehicle and refused to hand it over to the authorities.

The owner, named only as Giovanni in local media, said he had all the necessary permits to keep the African lion at his home.

He also said his house had been inspected and approved by the relevant authorities as suitable for the big cat.

Giovanni claimed the animal escaped after thieves forced a door open.

Despite his protestations, the police called the State Attorney for Environmental Protection and representatives transferred the animal to the nearby Rodolfo Landeros Park.

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Following the incident, Giovanni has agreed to cooperate with the authorities about permanently relocating the lioness to a more suitable environment, according to reports.

He also promised to cover Lila's medical costs as well as compensate the family of the killed dog.

A police investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and no official comment from officials has been released.

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