Coyote scales 6-foot-tall fence before attacking dog

KATY, Texas (KTRK) -- Lucy, a 3-year-old miniature Schnauzer, is the worse for wear, but alive after a pre-dawn encounter with a coyote.

It happened in the Westheimer Lakes North subdivision in Katy, in the Cannon family's backyard.

Lucy had been let out in the fenced backyard around 3:30 Monday morning. Her owner said she had a stomach problem, and refused to come back inside.

A few minutes later, Simone Cannon said she heard a high-pitched scream.

"I ran outside, and I saw something scale over the fence, and Lucy came running to me," Simone said. "I took her inside and tried to dry her off, and she had blood on her neck."

What scaled the fence, Cannon realized, was a coyote that had gotten into the fenced backyard the same way. The fence is 6 feet high.

Lucy required a trip to an animal ER. There were deep puncture marks on the front of her neck.

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"The vet told me that if the coyote had her a few seconds longer she would be dead," Simone said. Her intervention made it drop the small dog.

Coyotes are native to Texas, and loss of habitat has brought them into populated areas like Cannon's subdivision.

"I didn't think they could jump tall fences, but I was wrong," Cannon said. "And I want people to know that even with a fence, they can get in if they want to."

From now on, she said Lucy won't be outside without a family escort.

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