In a rural area of South Carolina, a nine-month-old puppy was attacked by a coyote on Saturday night. When an area resident was awakened at 3:00 a.m. by terrible screams, she raced outside and spotted a coyote on top of the poor puppy aggressively attacking. The submissive pup was so frightened, he didn’t even fight back.
Fortunately the coyote was chased off, and the shivering pup taken to Animal Control for medical treatment. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to rescue the pooch, now named Ramsey from the shelter.
“We are glad someone heard Ramsey’s cries and that he will be okay,” wrote Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder, Jackie O’Sullivan. “Many other pets are not so lucky. Coyotes are out in record numbers in many parts of this country attacking and killing family pets. Please keep your pets safe.”
Unfortunately, as coyotes get more comfortable and lose their natural fear in urban areas, they are more apt to be seen prowling around in search of prey. There are still practical ways to dissuade the animals from coming into residential neighbors. Coyotes are important to our natural surroundings as they do keep rodents in control, however the animals can transmit infectious diseases including rabies, distemper and parasitic worms, fleas and ticks. Don’t ever try to be a hero – just learn the basics to protect yourself and your pets.
- Do not keep food outside
- Clean your grill after every use of store it in the garage
- Don’t add meat to compost piles
- Pick up fallen fruit if you have fruit trees in your yard
- Keep cats indoors
- Don’t leave dogs tied outdoors
- Be careful with backyard chickens
- Fences can be installed as well as fence-top rollers
If ever confronted by a coyote, never turn your back on the animal and do not run. Make sure your dog is leashed and do not turn your dog loose to go after the coyote either. Hold your hands over your head and wave at the animal to make yourself appear larger and frightening to the coyote. Run towards him and make loud noises to scare him away. Shake keys, flap your jacket and yell – “Get out of here!” If needed throw stones, sticks or rocks at them, but aim for their feet to scare them away.
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