WESTPORT, Conn. -- A small dog was attacked by a coyote in Weston Tuesday night, and Animal Control received several calls from residents about coyotes running through yards and howling.
"The coyotes were raising hell last night," Weston Animal Control Officer Mark Harper told Daily Voice.
He's calling on pet owners to "do their due diligence" and keep a watchful eye on their pets.
"We got three calls last night and I just talked to a lady who saw them as far south as Riverfield Drive. Last night, the little dog was outside. He had an electric fence collar. The coyote must have gotten in. The dog and coyote probably both were shocked. The dog is now being treated but is critical," Harper said.
The callers reported coyotes running through front and back yards in the Lords Highway Extension and Singing Oak Drive neighborhoods, Harper said.
The dog that was attacked was in its own yard on Old Orchard Drive.
"People have to stay with their dogs when they're outside, especially in early morning and at dusk, which is 4 o'clock. Just putting the lights on is not enough. Lights don't scare coyotes. They're looking for food."
Reports of coyotes in Weston should be directed to Animal Control at (203) 222-2642.