Solent News & Photo Agency

2012-04-26A dog owner was forced to fight off a bird of prey when it tried to snatch her beloved pet. Kate Hillman was stunned when a red kite swooped down on her five-year-old Pomeranian, Vinnie, as they walked in fields. The terrified 32-year-old model watched as the bird, which has a wingspan of 179 cm, spread out its claws in a bid to pick up the tiny 4 lb pooch. Kate managed to scare the predator off by shouting and stamping her feet. Kate is from Maidenhead, Berks. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Pictured: Kate Hillman with her Pomeranian, Vinnie.Please byline: Baylis Media/Solent News© Baylis Media/Solent News & Photo AgencyUK +44 (0) 2380 458800Photo: Baylis Media/Solent News / Solent News / SCANPIX / kod 10497***BETALBILD***