A woman's dog is on the mend at an emergency pet hospital after a coyote attack.
She never expected a wild animal to attack her dog, but local officials say it is something residents need to watch out for.
Amos, a 10-year-old schnauzer, is resting comfortably after a harrowing night. His owner let him out Tuesday on her Raymore property. When he didn't return when she called for him, his owner knew something was wrong.
And when she found him, her fears were confirmed.
"He was lying under our counter, and when I tried to get him up, I realized he had been injured," Sharon, the dog's owner, said.
Amos had several bite wounds and cuts. Sharon's husband knew right away a coyote was responsible. That took her by surprise, even though she recently spotted one in her area.
"I guess I never thought about a coyote coming that close to the house," she said.
In Overland Park, police recently issued a warning about wild animals, including coyotes.
"During this time of year, we see an increase in the number of calls involving wild animals. With the increase in fox, bobcat and coyote movements, it's normal to see them during all hours of the day and night," the department said in a written statement.
Veterinarian Katherine Spry, who is treating Amos, has seen a recent spike in animals attacked by coyotes.
"We had another one last week and over the weekend we had another two. It's usually pretty infrequent," Spry said.
Amos is expected to make a full recovery, and his owner says she's learned an important lesson.
"He will go out on a leash at night from now on," she said.
Generally, coyotes don't attack dogs for food but see the dogs as competition for food and territory, experts say.
In order to not attract coyotes, experts also say to clean up food around the house, like bird seeds and food left out for pets, and keep pets inside at night.
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