On Wednesday morning, around 7:30 a.m., Sharon Flannery spotted a black bear and its two cubs exploring her backyard in West Hartford Connecticut. Just before the bears appeared, she had let out her dog, Maggie.
Moments later Flannery looked outside and watched as the 200-pound bear began chasing Maggie towards the house.
Flannery ran to her backdoor and tried to scare the bear off. When the bear got dangerously close to Maggie, Flannery started kicking it to protect her dog.
"It was definitely the scariest thing that happened to me," Flannery told NBC Connecticut. "Before I even had time to process it, there was a bear. It was right in front of me."