A coyote that wandered into the Dat Dog restaurant in New Orleans last weekend wound up being “humanely” euthanized. On Tuesday, Bill DiPaola, President and COO of Dat Dog, released an official statement about the animal’s untimely demise:
“I am deeply saddened and very upset to report that our friend, the coyote that visited us on Frenchmen, was ordered put to sleep by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Dat Dog is an animal-friendly, animal-loving company. We celebrate pets and animals of all kind. When our coyote friend visited our Frenchmen location, we did everything in our power to have it released back into the wild or taken to safety. I am very disappointed to hear that was not the case. In response, we’ll be hosting a donation event at our Freret Street store with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. It will be centered around legislation, rule-making and habitat conservation so that we can all learn more about the vital role that our wildlife and environment play in our present and future Louisiana. We’ll also continue to support our friends at Zeus’ Place in their animal adoption program.
The coyote had startled employees when it ran into the establishment as the business was being closed. The animal was eventually corralled in one portion of the building until a trapper arrived to remove him. Dat Dog believed that a wildlife rescue group would be taking the coyote in, but the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries preempted the rescue attempt and the animal was put down on Monday night, reported NOLA.
(Photo screenshot via NOLA/Trapper John Schmidt and Pixabay free images)