A coyote killed a dog in San Francisco early Sunday morning, grabbing her from the porch before the owners’ eyes, animal officials said.
Around 4 a.m., the owners were returning from walking two of their dogs when a coyote snatched “Bella,” their 13-year-old Shih Tzu, in front of their house on Aptos Avenue in the Ingleside neighborhood, said Deb Campbell from Animal Care and Control.
The owners later found the dog’s body.
Karin Hu, who has lived in the area for 25 years and lives three blocks from the recent incident, said another dog living in the neighborhood, an elderly rat terrier named “Didi,” was killed by a coyote in March 2016.
“I’ve always considered Balboa Terrace a ‘safe neighborhood,’” she said in the email. “I want to make it safe again, for me and my two rescue dogs.”
Animal Care and Control estimates that between 50 and 100 coyotes live in San Francisco, Campbell said. The animals are more visible this time of the year.
“Everyone is curious about whether The City is going to take any action, given this high level of coyote aggression — that is, attacking a pet when a human is present,” Hu said.
In response to the attack, Animal Care and Control officers are patrolling the area, especially between dusk and dawn, Campbell said. Animal officials encourage residents to keep cats indoors, walk dogs on a leash and avoid feeding pets outside.
“We just want people to be safe,” Campbell said. “It’s a heartbreaking incident, and we don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”