Family Pet Injured By Coyote
January 10, 2008
GRISWOLD, Conn. — 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