A coyote attacks in Weymouth and kills a dog
WEYMOUTH, Mass. - A coyote is on the attack in Weymouth. Its target: a rottweiler.
Ralph Tarina put his pup on a lease, and a minute later one gutsy coyote attacked.
Tarina's dog Daisy is far from dainty. She's a 100-pound rottweiler. The average coyote doesn't even weigh half that much.
While the dog and coyote began to wrestle on the ground, Tarina grabbed the first weapon he could find.
When that failed, he grabbed a knife and flashlight from the kitchen. Once Tarina came out of the house, the coyote looked at him.
He said Daisy fought back, but he guesses not fiercely enough.
Finally, Tarina and Daisy got away and inside the house. And then Daisy collapsed because of a heart attack.
The coyote killed Daisy, and neighbors worry it will strike again.
Tarina wants all Weymouth pet owners to know how bold the predator can be.
Wildlife experts said to help keep coyotes out of the backyard, people should keep trashcans secure and birdfeeders clear.
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