by Alex Sessa
(Hamilton / Hannon, Ontario)
Well it was December 12/2011 around 8pm, I was out hanging X-mas lights and I had both of my dogs out with me.
A 8yr old Golden Retriever & a 4yr old Russelpoo (a half miniature Poodle/Jack Russel) weighing 11 lbs.
We live out in Hannon just along Miles Road, next to us run a set of hydro wires, and the dogs are always out with me.
Well that night the moon was shining and I was hanging lights the dogs were roaming, I suddenly hear my small dog bark twice, I looked over and shockingly see the outlines of numerous Coyotes with the light of the moon
I scream "Princess" (my dogs name) and I hear my dog yelp and cry. I ran over picking up a hockey stick, ran across the drive-way over to the edge of our property where it meets the hydro lines, and as I reached over standing ten feet in front of met was a full out attack! Two Coyotes on my small dog, one had it by the neck and the other was by the hind legs fighting over it.
I stood there yelling and banging the hockey stick on the ground, I then noticed my Golden Retriever coming across the field. Thinking that this ain't good, I then positioned my self between the attack and the Retriever, and I then took the Retriever in.
By the time I got back it was quite, so I looked around, drove out in the field but could not see anything.
I believed that was it, our dog was gone, I was out tiding up when amazingly the dog was limping over, covered in blood.
We took her inside and assessed the wounds. She had multiple k-9 punctures around her neck, her left side was crushed, broken ribs, punctured lung and diaphragm. Needless to say, we had to put her down.
GOD REST HER SOUL, WE LOVE YOU PRINCESS
P.S I definitely have a new respect for dirty CoyotesOh Alex, that must have been awful, poor Princess! Most of the time, we get reports of Coyotes hanging around forests and golf courses, but generally minding their own business.
It sounds like the Coyotes in your area are hungry.
Is there a way that you can notify your neighbours about the attack on your dog? If they know there is a danger, they can protect their small dogs and cats, and perhaps prevent this from happening again.
Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, they will eat mice, rabbits, all kinds of small critters, but when times are tough, they will also go after small pets.