Rudy, a 12-year-old cockapoo from Eden Prairie, has died after being attacked by coyotes last week.
Chris Clifton said the family found their dog curled up and crying near the back door after the attack. You could still see the path in the backyard trail when the coyotes dragged him before letting go.
"They quite literally go for the jugular, and that's what happened to him,” said Dr. Jennifer Myers.
Sunday night, the Clifton family posted a tribute video on YouTube, and thanked the fans of Rudy’s Facebook page for their support.
”We never imagined that so many people would come to the support of our warrior dog, Rudy. The outpouring of love and compassion has been amazing! We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, prayers, thoughts and even offers of donations…Rest in Peace dear Rudy.”
Eden Prairie estimates between 30 to 50 coyote sightings each year, and between 6 to 10 attacks annually The Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic says those numbers sound reasonable because they have already treated half a dozen dogs after coyote attacks since the new year began.
"These small guys are at huge risk," said Myers. "They are like bunny rabbits to those guys. I would be really, really cautious letting my dog out unattended in areas where there have been coyote sightings."
The Eden Prairie Police Department's Animal Control Unit shared the following tips with residents to help them keep their pets safe: