Pair of aggressive coyotes attack dogs in Manchester

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Coyote (stock photo)

MANCHESTER – Police are issuing a warning to dog owners in Manchester after a reported coyote attack.

Police said a resident was walking her two dogs on a trail off of Garth Road on Friday when a pair of coyotes attacked. One of the two dogs had five bites and Animal Control brought it to a local veterinarian for treatment. This all happened while the dogs were next to their owner.

“I saw her come out on the street and could tell she was upset, so I went over to find out what happened,” said John McCarrick of Manchester.

“That really surprised me because they were fairly big dogs, both Labrador retrievers,” he said.

McCarrick says the  trail is very popular for runners and dog owners. He’s seen a coyote before, but says it’s different to hear about them actually attacking.

He said, “We had two that were out and had enough courage to go and attack animals with someone walking those animals. That’s really surprising.”

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, it is breeding season, meaning coyotes are more aggressive than at other points in the year.

Be careful when walking outside and in letting dogs out on their own.