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Bichon-Mix Dies After Coyote Attack

A Sara-Nor resident's dog had to be euthanized after he let it out early in the morning on Feb. 19.

A two-year-old bichon-mix had to be euthanized after the small dog was attacked by a coyote in the Nichols Avenue area, near Trumbull, early in the morning on Feb. 19.

Shelton Animal Control Officer Sheryl Taylor said a Sara-Nor resident let his dog out the back door at 5:30 a.m. and later heard her yelp. His dog had bite marks on it, so he took his pet to the vet.

Taylor said the veterinarian told the pet owner that the bites were comparable to a coyote and the bichon-mix had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries.

When asked what a dog owner could do to prevent such attacks, Taylor said, "They can make noise when they let the animal out."

But she added, "I wouldn’t recommend letting a small dog out the back door. It's better to walk them on a leash, even a larger dog."

Taylor said pet owners sometimes feel their dog is protected when they have an invisible fence but, though it keeps dogs in the yard, she noted it does not keep other animals out.

She also reminds people to make sure their pets have been vaccinated for rabies, because you never know what they could come into contact with outside.

Why Dothat February 26, 2013 at 01:03 PM
It's traumatic and sad to lose a pet this way. My heart goes out to the owner. When we let our pets out in the yard, especially at night, dawn or dusk, we need to check the yard first. Clapping, talking loudly, etc. scares any wildlife away. It's also good to remain outside with the pet, instead of returning to our coffee or TV show. For more great tips on how to avoid conflicts with coyotes (and other wildlife) check projectcoyote.org.
Meghan February 26, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Thanks for the tip Why Dothat, I have a 6 ft fence around my whole back yard enclosed with a padlocked gate, so my cavalier and of course kids can play safely if I need to run in the house for a second, but at night I always freak out a little when I let my dog out for a potty trip, I will do that from now on!
Kate Mattox February 28, 2013 at 09:30 PM
So sad, poor little dog! I feel badly for the Owner!

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