Owners advised to keep dogs leashed after coyote attacks
LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Pet owners are being told to keep their animals on a leash after several dogs were attacked by coyotes in Lynn.
Dog owners are on guard after five dogs were attacked by coyotes during the last two weeks in the Lynn Woods Reservation.
“A scream basically. She really howled when they grabbed and bit into her,” said Steven Bellardino, Misty’s owner.
Misty Sky, a former Greyhound racer, was attacked by two coyotes in the reservation. Her injures were so severe she needed surgery.
“One grabbed her to hold her and underneath, they ripped open underneath, and she had to have staples all the way across her bottom side,” said Bellardino.
In response to the attacks, Park Ranger Dan Small posted warning signs telling dog owners to keep their pets leashed. He said the dogs are no match for coyotes, who are extremely territorial when trying to feed their young.
“The dog wants to play, so the dog runs over to the coyote thinking he’s found a new companion to sniff and do things dogs do -- the coyote thinks he’s about to be attacked, so it’s a bad mix,” said Small.
“Over the years I have had them come out and follow us -- follow me and Marley -- they’ll follow you and you can scare them away, but they’ll just keep coming back. They’re not really afraid of you,” said Peter Cusimano, a dog owner. “I guess the way it is, is they want you out of their territory. They’ll follow you for so far then you don’t see them anymore.”
Steven Bellardino said he still takes Misty Sky for walks in the reservation, but he says his dog has changed her walking habits.
“She used to lead all the time, she would be out front. Now, after this attack, she follows me. She won’t -- she doesn’t want to be in front. She wants to make sure she is safe,” said Bellardino.