OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - An Oceanside man says his dog is healing from a close encounter with a coyote that was caught on his doorbell camera.
CC, a 13-year-old Maltipoo, was attacked by the coyote Wednesday about 9 p.m. at her home on Morgan Creek Way.
“Thinking I’m never going to see her again,” said Joe Vines Jr., CC’s owner.
Video from the Ring camera shows CC scurrying into the front yard as Vines locks his door. He was about to put CC in the car to run errands when he heard her cry for help. Vines turned around to find CC in the coyote’s jaws.
“His whole mouth was around her body, holding her like that,” Vines said.
“In my head I’m thinking, I’m not going to let me dog….I’m not going to let her leave in someone's mouth.”
Vines chased down the coyote, which dropped CC nearby.
CC had several deep bites. She suffered two broken ribs and now has breathing problems. Vines will keep a closer eye on his dog from now on.
“Won't let her out of our sight,” said Vines.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center said it has been receiving more reports of coyote attacks than ever before. They point to factors like wildfires that destroyed habitats, seasonal drought, and housing projects.