Coyote snatches Chihuahua from owner in Hyde Park


“It was just, like, boom – lightning on the sidewalk. Just gone.”

A coyote got away with a chihuahua in Hyde Park early Monday morning.

Lisa Rampino told NBC Boston that she saw a coyote snatch her 11-year-old chihuahua, Biscuit, from her backyard.

“It ran so fast,” she said. “It was just, like, boom – a flash on the sidewalk. Left now.”

Rampino chased the coyote from the steps of his house to the street, but eventually lost sight of the animal. She told NBC Boston that she still hasn’t been able to find her dog’s body after a long search in the nearby woods.

This is one of multiple attacks on small dogs by coyotes in recent days. In Dedham, a small dog named Shaggy was also snatched from his front yard on Tuesday night. Shaggy’s owner managed to scare the coyote into dropping the dog.

“The photo shows the distance between Shaggy and his owner. It wasn’t much, Dedham Police wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.

Shaggy reportedly suffered “minor injuries”, but survived.

“If Shaggy’s owner had not been present while Shaggy was outside, it likely would have ended tragically,” police wrote.

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This follows an Aug. 25 report that at least three dogs have been killed by coyotes in Greater Boston in the past few weeks. Wildlife authorities say that as the fall season approaches, coyotes will begin a feeding pattern that brings them closer to more densely populated areas, including residential neighborhoods.

Pet owners are encouraged to feed their pets indoors, install appropriate fencing, and supervise their pets outdoors at all times.

“This incident illustrates that the way to keep our pets even safer is to be right next to them – so that if the coyote sees the animal, it also sees the human. Usually the presence of the human will deter the coyote,” Dedham police wrote.

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