Woman wounded breaking up fight between dogs, coyote
The Jamestown Police Department is warning residents about a coyote attack at Beavertail State Park.
Barbara Szepatowski told NBC 10 News she took her two dogs, Mookie, a pitbull, and Rowdy, a labordoodle, for a ride on Sunday.
As she approached the park, her two dogs jumped from the back seat and out the window of her car and got into a fight with a coyote at the park.
"They went crazy, jumping at the window," Szepatowski said. "One of them must have hit the button to send the window down. As a result, they both jumped out the window and headed to the coyote who was about 200 feet away."
Szepatowski said the coyote, which was the size of a German Shepard, was standing next to a pile of garbage. She immediately ran to help.
"Because I do capture and transport with the Wildlife Clinic in Rhode Island, I had gloves and proper equipment in the car, so I grabbed some heavy gloves and went over there and started pulling both of them off the coyote while I’m screaming at them, 'Leave it!'" Szepatowski said.
When she tried to separate her dogs from the coyote, she was bitten on the hand and wrist by one of the animals. She was able to get her dogs away from the coyote, who then ran into the woods.
Mookie suffered puncture wounds to his face and Rodwy had a cut on his ear.
Szepatowski was injured, too.
"I had six bites on my wrist where my gloves didn’t cover," she said.
The dogs were both taken to Newport Animal Hospital, while she was treated at Newport Hospital and given a rabies shot. She said Mookie had to be put down after the incident.
Police attempted to locate the coyote by following its tracks, but were unable to find it.
If you see a coyote that appears to be injured, contact the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
DEM is also reminding the public to keep their pets on a leash and not let them out alone at night.