Couple thinks coyote killed pet dog

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

Jim and Robin Eller learned the hard way that it's not safe to let a small pet out on its own.

The night of April 3, just like every night, they let Breena, their 3-year-old Maltese/poodle mix, go outside their Little Gunpowder Creek Drive home in Hudson. After a while, they heard the dog whimpering and let it in, discovering it had been attacked by something. Despite veterinary care, by Saturday Breena died.

The dog had severe trauma caused by numerous bites wounds, said Dr. Adrienne Ogles, of Hudson Veterinary Hospital. "Judging from the size of the bite, it looked like it came from a large animal."

It might have been a coyote, Jim Eller said.

"The bite marks were as big as that of a German Shepherd, but there are no mean dogs in our neighborhood," Jim Eller said. "A neighbor saw a coyote a few weeks ago. This bite wrapped around her backside."

Caldwell County Animal Control Director Greg Greene said coyote sightings, and attacks on pets, are not uncommon.

"We've had several reports over the years," Greene said. "We get calls on coyotes all the time. We've seen them kill cats and eat them. Coyote sightings are very common."

Greene says coyotes, like raccoons, get used to a particular area and to people.

"People should keep an eye on their pets," Greene advises. "Coyotes are opportunists."