(PRWEB) August 19, 2012
According to a KTLA news report, a couple was watching their two dogs play at Huntington Beach Central Park nature reserve when a pack of coyotes spotted a small dog named Chloe and snatched it up.
This is not the first sighting or attack that Orange County residents have experienced. Coyote sighting and attacks are on the rise in Orange County. Incidents have been reported in Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and other cities.
Chloe's owners had no idea that there were coyotes in the area and are upset. "At the entrance of the parking lot, there are tons of park rules for dogs and people, but there's not one warning sign saying be on the lookout for coyotes because they do exist in this park," said Nicole Elliott.
A City Council meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday will be held at the Huntington Park Library for concerned residents to attend. Orange County Animal Control, Department of Fish and Game and the City Council are all expected to be there.
To ensure that this doesn't happen to your small dog or puppy it is essential to keep your dog on a short leash when walking, make sure they are indoors and puppy proof your yard to ensure that they don't escape and wonder into areas that might be more prone to Coyote attacks.
Puppy proofing starts with a quick walk around your yard. Address any small holes in your fence, weak areas, or places your dog might dig under and escape before introducing a puppy.
If you have recently had your landscape company add new fencing ensure that the new fence will securely keep your pet in the yard and keep other animals out.
Before you are positive that your yard is safe for your small dog or puppy, try looking around the yard as if you were a dog. If you can check your ego at the door for a few minutes try crawling around your yard and inspect it for areas that could be dangerous or places where they can escape.
Another good method is to walk your dog or puppy around the yard on a leach to see if he or she will find any small opening, loose boards or other potential hazards.