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Pet owners worried after coyote kills dog in Hoover

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The animal hospital made this Facebook post to alert pet owners. (Source: WBRC video) The animal hospital made this Facebook post to alert pet owners. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Coyote concerns are heightened in Hoover after a pet was found dead. Officials with one vet's office believe the dog was the victim of a coyote attack.

"What can we do to protect our animals?" is what Lana Moore of Hoover wants to know after learning about a small dog being attacked and killed in neighboring Vestavia Hills. "I'm frightened, very upset. This dog is my child, not my dog."

A post on Pet Vet Animal Hospital's Facebook page on Monday alerted people about the incident off Shades Crest Road. The dog's owner is a client of the animal hospital. Business Manager Mike Mahaffey says the dog was found with a severe bite wound on its back and he says the attack happened in the owner's fenced yard.

"You have to make sure you monitor your animals while they're outside. This was a fenced yard. The coyote, especially coyotes, can jump a fence. They're very nimble. If they're after something they can jump a normal household fence," said Mahaffey.

Mahaffey says fences give folks a false sense of security. It may keep their pets inside the yard, but may not keep a predator out.

"Small dogs and cats are very easy prey to something like a coyote."

While her fence may not keep coyotes away from her dogs, Moore is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. "If I see a coyote coming over my fence, my reaction is going to be to protect my animals. And that's going to be with a .38 pistol."

Fox6 also spoke to Mike Richardson with "Wildworks of Alabama." He has been setting traps in Inverness to catch coyotes. Richardson says there is really nothing you can do to keep a coyote off your property, but other wildlife experts say motion lighting and ammonia or perfume sprayed around your yard over time may deter them.

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