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.