FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A Fort Wayne woman wants to share the horrific story of what happened to her dog.
She says it was attacked by a coyote in her suburban neighborhood.
“He was out maybe 10 minutes and I started to hear a lot of barking, a lot of weird noises,” Kim Bailey says.
Bailey says her two and a half year old Yorkie mix Toby is lucky to be alive.
Last Saturday evening, at about eight and a half pounds, he looked like a good snack for a coyote who dragged him from his electric fenced front yard in Sycamore Hills.
Kim found him in the dark a few minutes later.
“He started bleeding so I immediately wrapped him in a towel and then rushed him here to the hospital,” Bailey says.
“If these traumas would have occurred a little bit back or a little bit further forward, he could have broken his neck, he could have sustained trauma that would have punctured lungs, would have been life ending trauma,” veterinarian Dr. Amanda Hilliard says.
Instead, Toby has severe trauma to the muscles of his neck and chest, broken shoulder blades, and puncture wounds all over his torso.
He’s on a drip of fentanyl and antibiotics.
“Lots of anxiety, just day by day trying to assess is he going to be okay, is he going to be able to come out of this. He’s still kind of touch and go right now, there’s a couple of wounds on the other side of his body that look worse than this side.,” Bailey says.
The vet knows it was a coyote because of the size and nature of the bite wounds, as well as the fact that toby was dragged from his property.
In fact, the hospital is treating more and more pets for coyote attacks these days.
“And I think that’s just because we’re developing a lot in these rural areas, so these coyotes just don’t have anywhere to go,” Hilliard says.
“It’s not the coyote’s fault, he’s looking for food. And if we had areas that they could actually be able to find food naturally and whatnot, but we’re closing in all of their spaces,” Bailey agrees.
Dr. Hilliard says coyotes typically hunt as dusk turns to dark and as morning breaks, so she says to keep your pets on a leash, even if you have an electric fence.
“People don’t think about it, especially in these developed neighborhoods. There’s a lot of houses, there’s a lot of people, they just don’t think that coyotes are going to be there, and they are,” she warns.
If Toby continues to respond to his treatment, he could go home by the end of the week with significant follow up care from his regular vet, and most likely will never be let out without supervision again.
Dr. Hilliard says something you can do to help keep your pets safe is not leave food outside for stray animals.
The coyotes will eat that food and then, perhaps, attack the strays.