A few months ago, my neighbor walked outside early in the morning with her small terrier to let it use the bathroom. While she was standing there in the yard with her dog, a coyote appeared as if from nowhere, snatched her dog and ran off with it. She was never able to recover her beloved pet and, of course, was devastated.
The video above, recently filmed in Northfield, Illinois, shows just how quickly a coyote can attack and carry away a small pet.
Barnaby Dinges said his white terrier Boozer was let out early on Wednesday morning so he could relieve himself. He was only outside for a matter of seconds before a coyote approached and attacked. The entire incident was caught on a surveillance camera. You can see the coyote dragging Boozer across the yard until Dinge's wife chases the coyote off.
"When you are running to work and you let your dog out for 30 seconds before you go, you think that's going to be okay," Dinges told CBS Chicago.
Boozer has been part of the Dinges family for 15 years.
"I was very proud of Boozer in how he handled it and defended himself, and then my Wonder Woman wife came out to save the day, as she always does," Dinges said.
Boozer is injured -- but alive. The dog suffered bite marks all over his body and an injured eye. He received staples to close wounds to his head.
"I don't want anyone who has a pet they love to let their guard down. They'll regret it. We got lucky," Dinges said.
Have you or someone you know had a pet attacked by a coyote?