One coyote pup survived after half-dozen beaten and drowned in bucket

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Authorities in Barrington, Illinois are asking for the public’s help identifying the person who brutally beat and drowned six coyote puppies at a Barrington forest preserve earlier this month. A seventh coyote pup miraculously survived and is currently in the care of  Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.

The pups were found drowned in a bucket near Penny Road Pond; the two-week-old surviving pup also suffered a broken leg. In a plea on the organization’s Facebook page, the wildlife center asked for help:

“Please help us bring to justice the person who killed this coyote puppy’s six siblings and shattered this sole survivor’s leg then left them in a bucket.”

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the person who killed the pups more than likely took the helpless babies from their den. The offender could face charges of illegal possession of wildlife and misdemeanor or felony animal cruelty. According to WgnNews, this

  “wasn’t the act of a hunter hunting an adult coyote.”

On Wednesday, Forest Preserves Communications Director Lambrini Lukidis filled in more details about the heinous deed. The Chicago Tribune  reports a police officer had been called after a fisherman noticed a burlap bag in the water.  When the man pulled it ashore, he found seven coyote puppies inside and called police. It is not known how long the pups had been in the water, but all had been alive when thrown in the water. As for the surviving pup, the policeman noticed movement and rushed the pup to an area veterinarian before the tiny male was turned over to the wildlife center:

“The leg was shattered. It was dangling and misshapen, and it was sticking out slightly because of a hip fracture,” stated Dawn Keller, founder and director of the Flint Creek Wildlife. “On the second day, it opened its eyes. Nine days later, last Saturday, the leg was set in a cast and the coyote was eating well and stable at this point.”


Donations to help with this little one’s veterinarian expenses can be made here. DNA testing is now being done to help determine where the pups could have originated from; results from these tests may yield clues to help find the person(s) responsible.

The pup will remain in the care of the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and his recovery is expected to be extensive because of the severity of his injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Tip Line at 1.877.2DNRLAW (236.7529.

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25 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Someone KNOWS who did this and needs to step up – Please post a reward – some greedy person will want the money bad enough – whoever did this should face the same cruelty – dump their friggin’ head in the toilet and keep on flushing.

    • Nancy K says:

      Even though trump perpertrates so much hate, sadly, we can’t hold him accountable for this vicious act of cruelty..

    • Albert Melton says:

      Really you want to blame the president for a single persons culity. That is on that person no one else is to responsible for someones actions

  2. resqdogz says:

    BASTARD! Let ME be the one to stick YOU in a burlap sack – only THIS time, weighted down with cinderblocks.. to make sure YOU DON’T SURVIVE!

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    What monster did this to these poor babies? I hope they are found and dealt with appropriately. There is too much evil in this world and someone that can do this to helpless babies doesn’t need to be walking around free!

  4. Carlagaylord says:

    I can’t see how people can hurt helpless little puppies it’s so sad and I hope the people that done this to them be punished as well for what they did that’s so mean and wrong I hope whoever done this pays for what they did!!!

  5. Diana Bradshaw says:


  6. maxiemom says:

    More and more evil bastards seem to be coming out of the woodwork everywhere we turn and I am sick to death of it. I don’t know what kind of people raise this vermin, but I wish they could be removed to their own island somewhere so they could rid the planet of each other.

  7. J. Martin says:

    If you like doing this type of thing .. YOU are a POS!!!! I’d love for these individuals to have karma .. eradicate their sorry asses

  8. Elaine says:

    Yes that fucking monster deserves the same treatment. Someone please find that bastard and do the world a favor and get rid of the piece of garbage

  9. Red says:

    The human race is becoming nothing but sick sadistic monsters. Wish there was a way to find all animal abusers and PUT THEM DOWN.

  10. Donna says:

    These are not simply puppies and last week one or more climbed over a $10,000 6 foot fence whose bars are two inches apart surrounding my outdoor cattery and took a declawed himilaylan female cat and one cat that I rescued at 3 days old and bottlefed him and he was 7 years old. They were probably killed and brought through my residential acreage yard to the woods to their den to feed to their young. If one of my cats die, they will come to my back yard to dig up the body, even trying to get underneath concrete. They are not pets but will kill and consume your pet and will go to any extreme and unbelievable that there is a reward offered for getting rid of these vicious creatures.

    • Donna says:

      I am still reading about “puppies” and don’t you people realize what a coyote is and what destruction they do to your pets? You must all hate cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, baby deer, ducks, chickens, rabbits, as well as many other small or medium sized animals that they viciously kill and eat. They have been known to attract humans as well so these are not ” baby puppies”. They are baby COYOTES who grow up to kill!

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        So they deserve to be drowned in a bucket? I’m sorry for your loss of your cat, but they are still living beings, There are many predictors that we should protect our pets from. But killing innocent babies isn’t the way to do it!

      • audrey says:

        No we here love ALL animals. We don’t like any abuse to any animals. We are well aware what coyotes are capable of doing. Perhaps you should keep your cats indoors! Especially allowing a declawed cat outdoors. What is up with that?!!!!!!

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