SUDBURY (CBS) – A Newton family is heartbroken after they say a coyote attacked and killed their dog just steps from their home.
According to owner Mike Kraine, the 10-year-old Cavalier Spaniel was no more than 20 feet away from him when an animal snatched his dog and dragged her away.
"Coyote came up and grabbed her and ran around the fence and I went after her," said Kraine.
He was able to scare the coyote away but it was too late for his dog.
"I never ever, ever, ever thought it would happen to us. We would almost joke about it, it's like 'oh, you know, the coyotes are going to get us.' Actually, yeah, that actually happened. It's a bit of a shock," Kraine said.
Kraine said he hopes his neighbors keep a closer eye on their pets, especially because his dog was not small.
"She's not sitting by your feet. She's not curling up by the fire. There's all these things that are missing that were all hallmarks of home and family. So those are all gone."
In Sudbury, a second dog that was attacked by what is believed to have been a coyote had to be euthanized due to its injuries.
A resident on Powers Road reported the attack around 12:15 a.m. on Saturday. Officers could not find the animal that attacked the pet.
Police helped the residents get their dog into the car to transport it to the veterinarian's office. The dog's injuries were too serious and it was euthanized.
"We want to warn residents of the incident so additional precautions can be taken, particularly with children and animals," Sudbury Police said. "Please use diligence in monitoring your animals especially later in the evening and early mornings hours when coyotes tend to be more active."
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