NH Woman Warning Neighbors After Coyote Kills Family Dog

BARRINGTON, N.H. (CBS) – Neighbors are on alert after a coyote attacked a family’s beloved dog in Barrington, New Hampshire.

Rosa Brotherton witnessed the attack as the coyote took away her beloved dog Sheeba, who was like a member of the family. Brotherton had just let the 17-pound dog out in front of their house when the coyote attacked.

Brotherton was on her front porch, only a few yards away from where the coyote snatched her dog and took off running through the woods,” said

“I said, ‘Drop her!’ and we locked eyes, and then she turned and started wandering up the driveway,” said Brotherton.

WBZ-TV’s New Hampshire Bureau Chief Lauren Leamancyzk reports.

Brotherton tried to chase the wild animal, but was never able to track her down.

She had never seen a coyote on her property before, but she said authorities told her that sightings are on the rise and the animals are getting bold.

“(Coyotes have) attacked kids and they are now taking pets,” said Brotherton.

That’s why Brotherton and her husband created flyers to distribute all through the area.

“I want people to know what’s going on around them and be aware that it can happen. We don’t want it to. We want to be able to protect others because of what happened to us,” said Brotherton.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports

Coyotes aren’t only attacking other animals.

On Monday, one coyote bit a 9-year-old girl who was playing in a friend’s yard in Haverhill. The girl had to get tetanus and rabies shots but will be fine.

  • Ron

    Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, these days you need to either have a fenced in yard or have your dog with you, on a leash. Letting it out the front door, in the open, off leash was not a great idea. Coyotes are everywhere now and they have to eat. They aren’t very brave, but will swipe a small animal anytime they get the chance

  • Richard Carpenter

    Sorry about your little dog. My suggestion for rural NH, where I used to live: Consider a Rottweiler. They are very friendly to other dogs as long as the other dogs want to play. When the other dog or coyote wants to bite, watch out. Rotties are slow to provoke but bite hard and shake ferociously.. Look at the BACK teeth of a Rottie. Bone-crushing is the word. Rotties do very well in the cold and wet. They are virtually drip dry. They do shed and need a lot of socialization and companionship. Rotties, especially females, are very protective of women, children, and small dogs. Stay away from “Superior” or giant Rotties. Normal size Rotties (under 120 pounds) bite plenty hard enough and run fast. Giants have joint problems and do not run very well. DO NOT feed Rotties people food. Do not let them get fat. DO get them plenty of exercise and play tug-of-war with a rope every day. Let them play with other dogs frequently. The more people in NH who get a Rottie, the fewer coyote or wolf problems.

  • chris karma

    We have lots of Coyotes here in NV, its always open season on them.
    I let the chickens/cats/dogs/children play outside all the time with no supervision or fences. You have to teach the coyotes to stay away. You do this by always carrying a gun and shooting everyone you see. they quickly learn to avoid you.

    • trekker

      too bad it doesn’t always work as well with humans.

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