Local vets see increase in coyote attacks

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Local veterinarians are seeing more animals coming into 24-hour emergency rooms with coyote bites.

Sightings are most prevalent in Anderson, West Chester and northern Kentucky.

A boxer named Bo was attacked by a coyote in Anderson on Saturday. The 68-pound dog was beat up pretty badly, and treated at Med Vet on Red Bank Road.

"The greater Cincinnati area has seen a pretty large increase in coyote attacks, especially on small dogs and cats," said Dr. Amy Snyder with Med Vet. "I think there's even more suspicion, some owners have had cats not return and had small dogs not return. There were two of three times during his initial 40 minutes here we thought he's going. Bo's, he's all good and now home with his people."

It's harder for outdoor cats, but vets say you can keep your pets safe just by joining them outside and keeping them on a leash or a short chain.

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