SHREWSBURY (CBS) – A Shrewsbury woman was shocked after watching helplessly while a coyote snatched her family’s dog from her yard and ran off with it.

Tracy Walnista let her 5-pound Maltese Katie into her back yard Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. A short time later, a coyote jumped into the yard and menacingly approached Katie.

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Katie, a Maltese, was taken by a coyote. (Image Credit: Tracy Walnista)

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Trying to scare the coyote off, Walnista began yelling and chasing after it. The coyote snatched Katie up and ran off, and the dog hasn’t been seen since.

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The Shrewsbury resident said she and her children were devastated by the incident. Walnista said she hopes what happened to her will serve as a warning to neighbors to keep an eye out for coyotes.