SANFORD, Florida – A wildlife camera captured the moment the coyotes took away Bill and Ruth Delaporte’s little Jack Russel terrier mix, Rusty.
“I looked and said ‘Ruthie, Rusty is gone!’ Then I went out into the light of day and saw the coyote tracks there, âsaid Bill Delaporte.
A motion detector activated the animal camera installed in the backyard of the Delaporte. Bill says he only left Rusty alone for a few minutes.
“Ruthie and I were both looking at him, she was looking over my shoulder because I wish she hadn’t seen him,” he said, “and saw the photo of the two coyotes. , and one had Rusty by the back of his neck and I was going in that direction. “
Wildlife expert Isaac Rempe, with affordable wildlife removal, says coyotes will run away with whatever they can.
“They’re opportunistic eaters. They’re going to take every chance they can have a high-output, low-energy dinner. So our house pug, our backyard cat is going to be a lot more. easy prey than a wild raccoon. “
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Rempe says the best way to protect small animals is to treat them like young children. “You have to be vigilant, you have to be with your pet. You cannot be a responsible pet owner and leave your pet in the backyard. It takes due diligence on our side.”
The Delaporte say Rusty was a rescue dog, and before the coyote attack, he had even survived a bear attack.
“I didn’t break a rib or puncture his lungs or chest. We just had to do superficial surgery, put on drains, so he survived that – but he didn’t learn anything. He was fearless,” Bill said.
The Delaportes say they reported the attack to the FWC. They ask pet owners to please keep an eye on their small pets.
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