The city of Lakewood has issued a warning to pet owners after another dog was attacked and killed by a coyote last weekend.
According to the city, the attack occurred at the 1000 block of Forest Cliff Drive and the dog was found dead on Saturday. Officials say the Highland Terrier was let into the back yard overnight, meaning the attack occurred between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Lakewood Police Captain Gary Stone said it’s not the first case of an attack in Lakewood. At least three attacks have been reported in the city since early this year.
The recent attack occurred sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. It has prompted increase patrols with animal control officers in the area.
"We have also worked with a trapper that has set some snares out, we’re going to be doing that over the next couple of days," Stone said.
Debi and Jerry Murphy said they're aware of the recent coyote sightings, including near their Medina home.
"We used to let our dog run around by itself, and we used to have him chained up," Debi said. "We don’t do that anymore."
There are steps residents can take to "scare away" coyotes, according to Stone.
"Make noise, clap your hands, do what you can to make some sharp noises and that will usually scare it away."
To learn more about "what to do" if you encounter a coyote, visit www.wildlife.ohiodnr.gov.