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Coyote Takes Small Dog

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My two year old yorkie named Gizmo was taken last night December 3rd, by a coyote.  I live near the valley and in the hills of studio city it is not unusual for us to see coyotes in the area, my name is Paige and I am 14.


It was around 7pm and my mom walked outside to the car to get the groceries and our two dogs Gizmo the yorkie and Maggie our poodle walk on the side of the hill to sniff around and go potty. Groceries in hand my mom glances to check on the dogs and sees Gizmo in the coyote's mouth. She chased the animal screaming and yelling for help down the hill, with our older poodle maggie following behind. All of a sudden from my room I hear my mother screaming my name.


I grab my robe and find my mother outside, "A coyote took Gizmo!" my mom was muddy and in tears and followed behind was my 8 year old poodle Maggie also covered in mud. I grabbed her to check and see if she was injured which she was not.  I started to scream and cry for help. My heart was broken and our two neighbors came outside to see what the commotion was about I sat on the floor with my Maggie in my arms crying and screaming while my mom ran down the hill looking for the coyote with our neighbors.


But the sun started to set. We called my stepdad who was in New york at that time, he got the soonest flight back to LA.  around 20 minutes after what happened my mother and I took a drive to see if we could find the coyote.  as we were driving up a hill I see a coyote the size of a german shepherd holding my baby in its mouth.  


I jump out of the car while it was still moving and the car ran over the side of my foot near my ankle and heel.  I ran up the drive way with the flashlight limping and crying and screaming. The coyote got away before I got anywhere near it we looked for about an hour more, it was no use the coyote took Gizmo. We went back home and went for another search at around 8 or 9pm, but no luck we came home and tried to fall asleep.  


I woke up around 2am my mom was crying saying how when she got up to go to the bathroom Gizmo usually gets up out of bed with her.  But he was no longer with us. we cried till we fell asleep again.  the next morning was hard I'm use to the two puppys getting up in the morning with us but Maggie is without her baby brother now.  


Brad landed and came home.  We cried and cried and are still mourning. We called animal control to see if anyone could help us. The expert investigated and found areas so close to our house where coyotes feed and could possibly live. These coyote's are not afraid of humans anymore they stalk you for days and study your schedule.  


If you do see a coyote or any other animal predator in your area do not hesitate to notify animal control and your neighborhood.  I Am still in tears I miss my Bubby, Gizmo so much. I am seeking help or advice, and I'd like to hear if you've been in the same situation.


 I am still praying for my baby. :'(

Gaea Adrian December 06, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I don't know you but I feel for you... I had a cat taked away from me and I watched in horror as my cat screamed for help. I know that she was in pain at the time but now I know she isn't. It's hard to lose animals expecially if you've seen them being taken away. But just know that you sweet dog isn't in pain anymore and You'll always be in their heart! No matter what! I hope things get better for you!
Heather December 06, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Wow Paige what a sad story. That is the problem with living in areas where coyotes live. It is terrible what they did to your dog and you and your mom did all you could to try and get him back. Coyotes eat dogs and cats because they need food and are hungry, not to be mean. But still I can understand the pain you and your mom feel. All you can do is protect Maggie and don't turn your back on her for one second. As you know now coyotes are super quick and they sometimes attack bigger dogs (especially old ones) even in packs. So Maggie isn't safe unless you are with her. You should also carry a small bat when you take her outside and keep her on a leash. If a coyote comes for her, you will know what to do. Thanks for writing that story/warning. It reminds everyone how easy and quickly coyotes can attack our pets for a meal. When you and your mom are ready, there are so many sad and lonely dogs at the local shelter that need a warm home. While you can't replace Gizmo, I am sure that Gizmo would want Maggie, your mom and you to save a dog in need that needs a good home. Maggie would probably like to have a new dog brother or sister too.
Caroline Suarez December 07, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Thank you for all your kind words, comments & suggestions. They are really appreciated. It won't take the pain completely away but it does give us some peace in our heart that little Gizmo is with his maker & safe & hopefully happy again. We will never stop missing him. He was very loved! RIP my little prince. You brought nothing but happiness to our family! Mommy loves you and you will always be with me in my heart & soul!
Mike Szymanski December 07, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I hope you'll post a picture of Gizmo!
Robert Crevelon December 09, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I am so sorry for your loss.

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