Large coyote attacks dog in yard
Sep 3, 2013 / 7:00 am
7 a.m. Sept. 3 update: We are sad to report that Daphne did not survive the coyote attack, she passed away at 10:30 p.m. Monday night.
5 p.m. Sept. 2 (original story): Early Monday morning, at around 6:30 a.m., Liana Cecconi was awakened by some unusual barking coming from her two dogs that were in the fenced yard of her Peters Road home in West Kelowna.
“I looked through my glass door and I saw Daphne lying on the ground, not moving at all,” said Liana.
“Then there was this one big coyote standing over her. I thought for sure she was dead at that point.”
The dog was not dead, but her four-year-old Miniature Pinscher had received serious injuries including abdominal punctures, a collapsed lung, multiple cuts and was in need of immediate emergency attention.
When Liana ran out and shouted at the coyote, he stood his ground, even as her second dog, a Miniature Pinscher/Jack Russell mix, circled.
It wasn’t until Liana’s boyfriend came out of the house with a metal pipe that the coyote jumped the 7’ fence encircling the yard and joined another mature coyote that was waiting with two pups on the other side of the fence.
Liana gathered up Daphne, who was still breathing, and rushed her to the Birch Animal Hospital in Kelowna.
“I went out there to go save the dog and it was very aggressive towards me,” said Liana.
“I just thought maybe people in the neighbourhood should be warned.”
The coyotes extreme size, estimated to be that of a full-grown German Shepherd, and aggressive, fearless nature convinced Liana to call Animal Control.
“Not even a 7’ fence stopped this guy. I was very surprised.”
“We’ve seen a couple of coyotes around here, but they were very small.”
“This one was a much bigger.”
Daphne had emergency surgery Monday afternoon and her condition is listed as stable. She will remain under observation in the clinic for 48 hours.
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