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UPDATE: Coyote Likely Killed Blind, Deaf 'Minnie'

Dr. Kathleen O'Dwyer at Rosemont Pet Hospital confirmed that Minnie was most likely killed by a coyote.

Minnie, a blind, deaf 15-year-old Maltese, was most likely killed by a coyote, according to Dr. Kathleen O'Dwyer at .

Minnie was found dead in a Montrose backyard before 6 a.m. on Monday in the 2500 block of Community Avenue, near Rosemont Avenue, owner Joshua Doud told Patch.

Doud woke up and could not find the dog, which was common for Minnie, who was blind and deaf and wandered outside through a pet door to go to the backyard. After searching, he found a bloody location on the driveway, behind a tall fence.

It was unclear what kind of animal attacked Minnie, but , Doud said.

Minnie was taken to and examined, Doud said.

Hospital staff told Doud that residents have been taking their injured pets there following attacks from wildlife.

Doud's mother, Salli Jo Doud, suggests that locals should keep their pet doors locked and take extra precaution.

Check back with Patch for more updates.

Rachel September 28, 2011 at 04:56 PM
I feel terrible for poor Minnie, and for her owners as well. But..when will we all learn that we live in the foothills, and therefore have to supervise and protect our pets and children at ALL times? This is what happens to small dogs if they're allowed to roam around outside alone. It's not just coyotes, either...a raccoon could just as easily harm/kill a little dog.
Salli Jo Doud September 28, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Minnie was in a highly fenced and walled backyard. The animal that killed Minnie had to scale a six foot wrought iron fence or cinder block wall to get to her. Shame on Rachel for trying to blame the pet owner.
Joshua Doud September 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Rachel, this is how many pets have lived in this house for 34 years, all which have passed on due to old age. They are VERY well taken care of. You know nothing about this house, it's history, even how it is laid out. It's been tough enough to deal with finding her blood, having to inform my mother of what happened, and recover her body from the next door neighbor's yard without reading a comment such as the one you've left. Familiarize yourself with a situation before giving your opinion or don't say anything at all. Because of the nature of the situation, everyone involved has been having a great deal of difficulty dealing with it. And in regards to protection, this new pack of 3 coyotes that I'm sure can be credited with this, started towards me about 1 week ago as I was on my way from the street into the house. I'm a 6'4" 200 lbs male. Judging by this, it would not have mattered if I were out in the backyard with Minnie. So what's your solution?
Nicole Charky (Editor) September 29, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Hi Patch followers, please be respectful of the owners during this difficult time. It's incredibly hard to lose a pet.
JT Hampton September 29, 2011 at 05:46 AM
My heart wrenches from what happened to Minnie and I just wanted to say that I think it's amazing that her owners were cool enough to comment on the worst story they could read about her. I suspect Rachel meant no disrespect, but I just wanted to tip my hat to the Doud family and, as a pet owner whose own pet never came home one night, offer my condolences.
Diana September 29, 2011 at 06:24 AM
So sorry to hear about your loss. I have an old deaf dog named Mini and this was very difficult to read. Our hearts go out to your family, and thank you for sharing your story.
Salli Jo Doud October 01, 2011 at 03:39 PM
I would like to thank Diana and JT for their caring words. During this unfortunate event, I have been out of the country and my son has been left to deal with the terrible thing on his own. We have found comfort from our family and friends, and now from people like yourselves. Thank you again. Salli Jo
Lori Paul October 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I sympathize with the loss of Minnie at this late date; however, it IS important to evaluate her death so that other pet owners will not suffer such loss. This is not about blame. As a biologist that has worked with predators, I think it's unlikely that a coyote killed Minnie, regardless of the fact that 3 coyotes were seen in the area (coyotes teens leaving their parents are often less afraid of people, nor would they attack a person with a dog, but I digress). Coyotes kill small pets because they're easy prey. Coyotes feed themselves & their pups with what they hunt. As a result, coyotes seldom leave any portion of their prey behind. Nor was Minnie killed because she was "in heat" (she was elderly & probably spayed). Therefore, a coyote wouldn't have killed poor Minnie, then left the dog's body behind. Nor would a cougar jump into the yard, kill the dog, then leave their "meal" (the dog's body) behind. Roaming big dogs, though, will do that. Domestic dogs will often kill a squirrel, cat or small dog, drag the body a short distance, then leave it behind. Such dogs get their meals at home and don't need to eat their victims. With respect, tiny, old, & disabled pets do need to be supervised at all times because they are vulnerable, not only to predators, but also to collapsing outside from heat stroke or illness, etc. where they cannot be found in time to get needed care. Perhaps Minnie's misfortune can save others like her by alerting all owners to provide closer supervision.

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