"We heard this blood curling scream' says Richard Davis, who was golfing at a Griffith park golf course. He turned to see a coyote with a small black animal in his muzzle, shaking it. "Oh my God", you can hear him saying on the phone video he started recording.
Throwing golf balls at the coyote, they got the animal to let the dog go. Approaching it, he realized the animal was still breathing, barely. The mother of a young boy who was also in the golf course picked up the bloody bundle and took him to a vet who managed to save his life.
Los Angeles Animal Service officials say the little dog is in good condition. No one came to claim him, and without information on his rabies vaccinations, they've had to place him in a foster situation, in quarantine, for now.
It's one of several coyote attacks we have been contacted about in recent weeks. AtElysian park, a couple of large dogs have been cornered by packs of coyotes. But Wildlife Officials confirm this is not unusual.
With the summer, the coyote pup that were born in Spring, are much more visible. They are out and about, hunting and trying to find water in the heat. Eventually, nature will take its course, and their numbers will dwindle, as they get hurt and become part of the food chain.
It can be scary, though. Dog owners are reminded, coyotes are a fact of life, even in the city. Dogs should not be left alone anywhere. Current vaccinations are a must, in case they get hurt.
And for anyone who might think that abandoning an unwanted animal in park is ok, because "someone will pick them up", please look at the YouTube video that goes with this story. That scenario is much more likely.
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