Coyote Kills Jack Russell Terrier During Rare Daytime Attack in Rancho Santa Fe

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A coyote killed a 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier and injured two other dogs in a rare daytime attack in the yard of a Rancho Santa Fe residence, and officials with the Helen Woodward Animal Center today issued a warning in hopes of preventing similar incidents. According to officials with the center, Evon Warner left her four dogs in her fenced back yard as she left to run an errand about 11 a.m. Wednesday. When she returned less than an hour later, she found her 2-year-old Dachshund "Heiny'' suffering from bite wounds to his stomach and shoulder; her 8-year- old Poodle-terrier mix, "Lily,'' with severe wounds to her head and neck; and 9-year old Shih Tzu, "Mikey,'' uninjured.

 The Jack Russell terrier "Wyatt'' was fatally injured.

"I'm sure he was protecting them,'' Werner told center officials. "He was fearless. He had to distract the coyote to save them.'' Werner said neighbors told her they had heard noises then saw a coyote jumping over her 7-foot steel fence. A coyote bite to the neck tends to be fatal as coyotes instinctively break the necks of their victims, according to the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The two injured canines were treated at Helen Woodward's Companion Animal Hospital and were placed on antibiotics and pain medication, according to animal center officials.

Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Companion Animal Hospital staff said pet owners should keep pets inside between dusk and early morning -- when coyotes hunt primarily hunt for food -- and use a short leash if heading outside for a bathroom break. Pet owners should also avoid leaving food in their yards, including pet food and fruit that has fallen from trees. Nighttime walks should be avoided, or if absolutely necessary, pet- owners should use a very short leash. Backyard fences should be at least 6 feet high to prevent coyotes from leaping over. Coyotes are also known to dig, so animal center officials recommended installing a vinyl lattice 2 to 3 feet below ground.

–City News Service 
Cari Love January 26, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Www.spikebite.com A product (specialty vest) to help protect your pet and prevent serious injuries from coyote attacks. Www.spikebite.com
allthatca January 26, 2014 at 02:28 PM
http://www.coyoteroller.com/ another very good deterrent to mount on top of your fence. It's rollers that keep the coyotes out
Carole Donagher January 26, 2014 at 05:47 PM
In this crazy day and age, I can't imagine leaving my dog outside (or in my car even if locked) alone. Hungry coyotes or human thieves who want dogs to use for bait or sale for research are enough of a threat. Dogs can also escape even from fenced yards, go right through an invisible fence if being chased by a predator. Sadly, many roaming/lost dogs are hit by a car or for whatever reason, never are found.
Melissa Spiegler January 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM
With this growing north county population, there is a lot of wildlife which will retreat to RSF and surrounding natural habitat in order to be safe and survive. They adapt to their surroundings when doing so. In RSF, I've seen deer in the daytime, plenty of coyotes and bobcats. It's a beautiful area which is why it attracts so many to it, but all smaller pets especially, should be kept indoors when the owners leave for any length of time.


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