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VIDEO: Coyote Believed To Have Attacked, Injured Family's English Bulldog

A Portsmouth family says a coyote entered their backyard on Tuesday evening around dusk and attempted to attack their 9-month-old English bulldog.

Duke, a family's golden Labrador, is being hailed a "hero" after chasing off a possible coyote from a Birchwood Drive backyard on Tuesday evening.

Former Town Councilor Dennis Canario says he let out the family's two dogs around 8:15 p.m. He soon heard a "yelp" from his son's 9-month-old Old English bulldog, Bentley.

"It was scary to hear a dog make those kind of noises," Canario said. To hear more on the incident, seen the video featured above.

Bentley was found lying on her side. Canario believes the coyote attempted to knock her over. After taking the puppy to the vet, the family learned she broke her leg and sustained injuries to her stomach.

Canario says neighbors reported seeing a "brown animal" jump the four-foot-tall fence in the backyard on Birchwood Drive. The family's Labrador, Duke, apparently chased off the animal.

"I think the Lab saved her life," Canario said. "He (Duke) aggressively went after whatever went after her (Bentley). He's the hero here."

The family has contacted the town's animal control officer, Canario said. He is also advising residents to be alert when letting animals out at dawn and dusk, as well as keeping a can of coins nearby.

"A good thing to keep on hand is a can of coins," he said. "If you shake the can of coins, it scares the dogs."

The Canarios also say that other neighbors have reported seeing coyotes in the Birchwood Drive area recently.

Bentley is scheduled for a checkup with the vet in two weeks. The Canarios have been told to keep her off the leg as much as possible for a couple of months.

Doug Owens June 30, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Luckily for the Canario's the injuries sustained were "minor". It's sad to hear stories like this, but on an Island where officials talk the talk, but fail to walk the walk, what did you expect? All you can do is try your best to protect your families and loved ones the best you can. Do not leave that task in anyone else's hands, because you will be disappointed. Good luck to Bentley healing and the rest of the Canario family.

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