Encinitas family's dog survives coyote attack

ENCINITAS, Calif. - An Encinitas family's dog is recovering after nearly being killed in a vicious coyote attack.

Tommy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, nearly died when a coyote attacked him in his family's front yard.

"It attacked him … and our neighbor saw him on the ground and thought a couple dogs were playing and he realized it was a coyote," said Tommy's owner, David Drake.

The neighbor scared the coyote away, and Drake rushed Tommy to the vet. Tommy underwent surgery Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley and suffered 14 wounds. The attack was so brutal that Tommy now has muscle damage and bruised kidneys.

Tommy was released from the vet late Friday afternoon.

"Everybody here has small dogs …," Drake told 10News.

The attack on Tommy wasn't the first in the Village Park neighborhood.

Two months ago, a dog named Buster was mauled to death by coyotes just blocks away from Drake's home.

Buster's family said coyotes crept into the family's yard and attacked the dog.

Shortly after the attack, the family posted a sign along their back fence and a busy roadway that read: "2 coyotes jumped this fence and killed our dog. Be aware of coyotes."

It's a message Drake is still trying to get out to other dog owners.

"You just can't let them get outside; most people think at night, but this was at dusk at best," Drake said.

The nonprofit Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is helping the Drake family pay for veterinary expenses.

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