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Bichon-Mix Dies After Coyote Attack in Shelton

A Sara-Nor resident's dog had to be euthanized after he let it out early in the morning on Feb. 19.

 

A two-year-old bichon-mix had to be euthanized after the small dog was attacked by a coyote in the Nichols Avenue area, near Trumbull, early in the morning on Feb. 19.

Shelton Animal Control Officer Sheryl Taylor said a Sara-Nor resident let his dog out the back door at 5:30 a.m. and later heard her yelp. His dog had bite marks on it, so he took his pet to the vet.

Taylor said the veterinarian told the pet owner that the bites were comparable to a coyote and the bichon-mix had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries.

When asked what a dog owner could do to prevent such attacks, Taylor said, "They can make noise when they let the animal out."

But she added, "I wouldn’t recommend letting a small dog out the back door. It's better to walk them on a leash, even a larger dog."

Taylor said pet owners sometimes feel their dog is protected when they have an invisible fence but, though it keeps dogs in the yard, she noted it does not keep other animals out.

She also reminds people to make sure their pets have been vaccinated for rabies, because you never know what they could come into contact with outside.

Coyote attacks have also been reported in Oxford and various parts of the state.

Craig Zac February 27, 2013 at 01:01 PM
..And that is why I do not like the use of those invisible fences... your dog is basically trapped in the yard but any one or thing is free to come and go. I have heard of plenty of stories of dogs being attacked by stray dogs who were able to just walk right in the yard. When we let our dogs outside, we usually flick the lights on and orr first then make some noise before the dogs go out, quite honestly, the dogs make so much noise running out the door, if anything or anyone is in the yard and doesnt run away when they hear it, its their a**!
Craig Zac February 27, 2013 at 01:01 PM
..And that is why I do not like the use of those invisible fences... your dog is basically trapped in the yard but any one or thing is free to come and go. I have heard of plenty of stories of dogs being attacked by stray dogs who were able to just walk right in the yard. When we let our dogs outside, we usually flick the lights on and orr first then make some noise before the dogs go out, quite honestly, the dogs make so much noise running out the door, if anything or anyone is in the yard and doesnt run away when they hear it, its their a**!
Peggy Freeman February 28, 2013 at 09:44 AM
an invisible fence WITH a fenced in yard is the only way to keep out the unwanted animals, and keep yours safe. Putting on the lights etc is key too. A deer fence will do the trick.

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