Authorities in Rhode Island are warning residents after a small dog was snatched from a backyard by a coyote.
The Westerly Sun reports the dog was attacked at a Westerly home Tuesday night. The owners of the dog say the terrier mix was taken into a wooded area.
Westerly Animal Control Officer Arthur Smith says there have been more coyote sights over the past decade. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, coyotes are common in Hopkinton, Richmond and Charlestown.
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Officials say residents should keep their dogs on a leash and avoid letting pets out at night. They say residents should keep their property clear of loose garbage.