Olathe woman says pet dog killed by coyote

From Fox4 News

An Olathe woman, who says a coyote killed her dog last week, is sending out a warning to people with small pets.

Olathe police say it’s not uncommon to see coyotes and foxes in neighborhoods. Police say the wild animals are usually on the hunt for food from vegetable gardens, trash cans and pet food left outside.

Julie Vollertsen, says her 12-year-old Shih Tzu mix, Tyson, was killed by a coyote last week after darting out the front door of her Olathe home.

“We found him he had marks around his neck and he had a hole in his side,” said Vollertsen. “I thought he would go sniff around and come paw at the front door like he always did, but he didn’t come back and I kept calling him, kept calling for him and didn’t find him.”

Vollertsen says her neighbor found Tyson the next morning in their backyard with a coyote standing over her beloved pooch.

“This was our family pet it was very devastating,” said Vollertsen.

According to a neighborhood website called “Next-Door” coyotes and foxes have been seen throughout Olathe.

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