Durham family heartbroken after coyote kills dog
Posted April 5
Updated April 6
Durham, N.C. — A local family is heartbroken after a coyote took its beloved dog a week ago in a Durham neighborhood.
"It's like a child being ripped out from under you," said Lamar Rowland. "Because (our dogs) were so attached to the family. And not being able to help. It was late at night. Going out trying to search was like a needle in a haystack."
The family now looks towards the woods near the Auburn Woods neighborhood every day and thinks about their beloved maltese, Lily.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said small pets can be taken by coyotes, but it is extremely rare.
To prevent that from happening, they recommend supervising pets closely and keeping them on a leash.
People who do see coyotes frequently may want to look into hiring someone to set up traps.
"It's been painful experiencing it," Rowland said. "It's hard to believe. That in this day and time, we can't find a way of controlling this wildlife."