Family mourning loss of ‘Fudgey’ the dog after coyote attack in Springfield

Hampden County

A family in Springfield says a coyote killed their dog in their Sixteen Acres neighborhood Thursday night. The family is warning other pet owners to be on alert.

‘Fudgey,’ the family’s 20-pound Pomeranian Shih Tzu-mix had to be put down Thursday night after being snatched by a coyote right in their backyard on Pineview Drive. 

“My buddy got out of the car to go leave, and he saw a coyote running with my dog in its mouth,” said Will Smith of Springfield. 

The family said coyotes are nothing new in their neighborhood and are often seen coming out of the woods near their home. But in 10 years with Fudgey, they never had any problems.  

On Thursday, that all changed.  

The family rushed her to a nearby animal hospital, but too much damage had been done.  

“He had got to the wind part of her throat, and she was breathing real bad,” said Smith. “We put her down after that.” 

Coyotes are most active at night and in the early morning. They are opportunistic eaters, so small pets are particularly vulnerable. 

 Pets, pet food, and garbage can all attract coyotes, so keeping food inside and a close eye on your pets is the best way to protect them.

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