RIVERSIDE — Riverside police received a call of coyotes trying to break a resident’s rear door to get to a puppy about 1:20 p.m. Friday.
When police arrived to the home in the 0-100 block of South Herbert Road, the resident told them his puppy was in the rear yard. He had heard a commotion and when looking outside, allegedly saw four coyotes about to attack the puppy, whose breed or age was not disclosed.
The owner called to his pet and the puppy came running, but so did the coyotes — pursuing the puppy up onto the wooden deck. The owner quickly let the dog in, but the coyotes followed and began to paw at the rear glass door of the residence, trying to get at the barking puppy inside, police said.
The coyotes were finally scared away by the owner and the dog was unharmed.
The homeowner told police he shot a high-powered BB gun at the coyotes and hit two of the four in an attempt to keep them from killing his dog and breaking into the home. When police arrived, the coyotes were gone.
The coyotes did, however, break several panes of glass on the outer door and broke glass on the main entry door trying to get at the dog.
Riverside Police Sgt. Bill Gutschick said that in his 25 years on duty, this was the first time he has heard of coyotes trying to get into someone’s home while chasing their prey.
Recently, Riverside has had other reports of coyotes. On Jan. 3, a 7-month-old Bichon-Poo puppy was killed in the 100 block of Addison Road. The owner reported the incident.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel urged residents to be aware while outdoors because of wild animals in the area.
“Coyotes do not know the difference between pets and the wild creatures they hunt, so try to protect pets by accompanying them outdoors,” Weitzel said. “Use a short leash as coyotes have been known to attack animals that are on long leashes. Most importantly, use caution near any wild animal.”
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