Coyotes Attacking Pets in Spanish Springs

SPARKS, NV - Washoe County Animal Services is urging people to keep a close eye on their pets, as coyote attacks are increasing. There were 13 coyote attacks on animals reported in the past week, according to Animal Services.

Stephen Crook said he believes his three dogs were attacked and killed by coyotes Friday.

"I thought someone opened the gate or something. I couldn't think that something could have jumped the six foot fence like that," Crook, who lives in the Spanish Springs area of Sparks, said.

Crook showed what looks like a coyote paw print on the pavement in his backyard -- that's where he discovered his three small dogs dead.

"One was almost completely eaten... Almost eaten in two," Crook said.

Crook said several of his neighbors have also seen coyotes in the area. Director of Washoe County Animal Services Barry Brode said the recent reported coyote attacks have been in the Spanish Springs area of Sparks.

"We looked for (our dog) and we found some fur on top of a fence," one of Crook's neighbors said.

Brode said it is the time of the year coyotes need to increase their caloric intake.

"They are opportunists," Brode said.

Brode said people should watch their pets closely. He also said people should be mindful coyotes can jump fences -- even fences greater than six feet tall.

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