A coyote entered a family’s home in Laguna Beach on Monday night and carried off a tiny Chihuahua as its prey while a newborn baby slept in the same bedroom, reports the Los Angeles Times.
On the 500 block of Oak Street, John Fischer and his wife heard the family’s three Chihuahuas barking and didn’t pay much attention to them; thinking the dogs had started barking because visitors were arriving. The dogs had been in the bedroom with the couple’s one-week-old granddaughter, and as John walked out of the kitchen, he glimpsed outside and spotted something fleeing from the bedroom and running across the yard. Suddenly realizing it was a coyote, with his eight-year-old Chihuahua in the wild animal’s mouth, he ran out to rescue his dog.
“I could see the white in his mouth,” Fischer stated. “They’re very fast. He was gone like a shot.” Sadly, the pooch named Eloise was gone, and even though Fischer had tried to scare the coyote and hoped it would have dropped Eloise, there was no sign of his beloved dog. Even worse, Fischer’s heart broke into a million pieces as the doomed little pooch screamed out in fear and agony. Fischer stated he usually closes up his cottage at dusk because of past coyote sightings. Fortunately, the sleeping baby was not harmed. Authorities contend the drought continues to bring the animals out into populated area in search of food.
Rest in peace Eloise. Follow the National Pet Rescue Examiner on Facebook.