Bella, a 13-year-old dachshund, was attacked by a coyote Jan. 24 in the yard of a home on James Street, near 11 Mile and Dequindre roads.

Bella, a 13-year-old dachshund, was attacked by a coyote Jan. 24 in the yard of a home on James Street, near 11 Mile and Dequindre roads.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Coyote attacks dog near 11 Mile and Dequindre

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 1, 2018

 Sherry Payok said Bella was attacked at about 6:30 a.m. Residents are encouraged to keep an eye on small pets if a coyote is known to be operating in the neighborhood.

Sherry Payok said Bella was attacked at about 6:30 a.m. Residents are encouraged to keep an eye on small pets if a coyote is known to be operating in the neighborhood.

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — Bella the dog was left stitched and shaved, but still sweet, in the aftermath of a Jan. 24 coyote attack.

The friendly 6-pound, 13-year-old dachshund was in the yard of a home on James Street, near 11 Mile Road between Dequindre and Ryan roads, at about 6:30 a.m. when a larger animal made its rounds.

“All of a sudden, the dog ran. (Bella) took off and the coyote grabbed (the dog) by the neck,” said resident Steven Payok, recalling the story his son-in-law told him.

Steven and his wife, Sherry Payok, said the coyote has been seen operating in their neighborhood before. Warren Animal Control has a trap in their yard, and the couple said the city has been receptive to their concerns about a potential predator on the prowl.

The Payoks have seen other animals in the area and have observed tracks, but they said the morning attack on Bella was the first time there’s been real trouble with one of their pets.

“The fox seems to be gone. Now, we’ve got the coyote,” Steven added.

Sherry said she just wants her neighbors to know about the potential danger to small pets, or potentially children, from coyotes hunting in suburbia. The attack on Bella turned into an $870 veterinarian bill.  

Warren Police Department Animal Control Officer Lisa Taylor said coyotes are a natural part of the environment. They eat common pests, including rats, and sometimes venture into densely populated suburban areas. Though still relatively infrequent, such incursions in Warren usually occur near the Edison Corridor or along the Red Run Drain.

Still, Taylor said homeowners need to be mindful of the potential for an attack if they know a coyote is in the area.

“Anybody with a small pet, anything under 20 pounds, needs to be vigilant about their animals,” Taylor said. “When they’re outside, they should be with them and preferably have them on the leash.

“If you have a big yard and your Chihuahua runs to the back of the yard, the coyote or the eagle or hawk can grab it and be gone before you can do anything. If you know there’s a predator in your area, you must be very careful,” Taylor said.