Coyote patrol: Police keep pet owners informed

The sound outside their Greenwood home was like nothing he’d heard before, and by the time he reached the back door, he saw something attacking their dog.

John Durbin banged the back door, trying to get a coyote — the first they had ever seen outside their home — to drop 7-pound Buddy. The coyote ran away, and Carolyn Durbin picked up her wounded Yorkshire terrier and took him to a veterinarian, who found he had broken ribs and bites on much of his neck.

Buddy survived, but since the attack in October, Carolyn Durbin has heard of about 10 other coyote attacks in Alden Place, her neighborhood on the southwest side of Greenwood. And for some of her neighbors, their dogs were killed or vanished.

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