Family Pet Injured By Coyote

January 10, 2008

A coyote dragged a Griswold family’s pet dog into a wooded area over the weekend, prompting a warning from officials. Coyotes are on the prowl in neighborhoods statewide, according to state wildlife officials.

Video: coyotes exist state wide, DEP saysChannel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Hogan reported Steve Hill let his 8-year-old Maltese dog, Pokey, outside on Saturday night. Hill said Pokey ran off into the woods barking at something, which turned out to be a coyote.

Since then, Pokey has remained under 24-hour veterinarian care at an animal hospital. The Hill family wants people to know their experience has been expensive: The surgery and three-day veterinarian stay has cost them about $5,000.The Hills live on a residential neighborhood on Norman Road, which is rural and densely wooded.”I have a little dog, so I have to put fences around all my stuff, this way, nothing happens to them,” said Allan Boulanger, a neighbor.Chris Vann, a wildlife biologist and resident crow expert with the state Department of Environmental Protection, said coyotes are territorial and live in every town and city in the state.”If they migrate into an area, they’ll protect that area against other animals, including your dog. So, coyotes will seek out and attack pets,” Vann said.

The DEP suggests property owners fence yards, avoid feeding coyotes, keep a leash on pets and keep an eye on children


One Response to “Family Pet Injured By Coyote”

  1. marian spitza on June 17th, 2008 7:32 am

    I am a resident of Orange, Ct. and we spot a coyote in our back yard. Last week my neighbors told me that their children and other kids saw the coyote also. My wife was calling animal protection and a lady promised to come over. She never shows up, but left a message that she was to our house and did not see anything. This is just indignation. How in a hell can you see a coyote in the middle of the day among the bushes waiting for animal control people to show –up? I never hear a stupidity like this. AH, the kids and us we just spot the coyote, but he is there in the backyard we know this. My wife even took a picture and my self I saw it couple of times.
    We are on 621 Lakeview Road, Orange, CT. and scare to death that he maybe sick (rabies or other dangerous syndrome) and attack us.
    How can we get help to prevent a tragedy?
    please advice

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