Animal Hospital: Coyotes Attacked Pets

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio — A family that searched for hours after their poodle was attacked by a coyote never found the pet’s body.

According to the Viking Community Animal Hospital, the dog was out around 5 a.m. Sunday when the coyote “came out of nowhere.”

It happened near the Akron-Canton Regional Airport in North Canton.

A coyote attack is suspected in a similar incident that happened off of Everhard Road, also in North Canton, on Monday.

In that case, a 17-year-old mixed breed dog that weighed about 30 pounds seemingly disappeared.

The owner had seen coyotes in the area recently, and said the elderly animal could not have run away on his own, the Viking Community Animal Hospital said.

In recent interviews with Fox 8 News about coyote sightings in other areas, Geoff Westerfield, the Ohio Division of Wildlife Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor, had some information for residents.

He said coyotes usually only leave their dens between dusk and dawn to hunt for food and typically prefer grass, mice and roadkill, but if they’re desperate, they could feed on small pets.

It was suggested that owners bring in their animals at night and check the yard before letting them outside.

Owners should also avoid leaving pet food around their property.

Anyone who encounters an aggressive coyote or wild animal should report it to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

(Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford contributed to this report.)

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