Officials are urging residents to be aware of the threat coyotes pose to pets after a family’s dog was snatched by a pack of the canines.
Debbie Melendez saw her miniature pinscher attacked by what she described as wolves after letting the dog outside late Sunday night. St. John Animal Control Officer Rick Conaway says the animals were coyotes.
He cautioned that pets less than 25 pounds should not be left unattended any time of day. Coyotes feed on squirrels, raccoons, rabbits and other small animals.