How much Chihuahua Mimi is alive, her owner is not sure.
The 12-pound coyote dog was taken from the backyard of her home in Sibala, Texas, Zoe Ward told McClatchy News, but later returned on her four legs, bloodied but alive.
It happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Ward said. The street was fine, at least by February standards, and Ward, her beagle Joey and her chihuahua Mimi had not been outside for more than 15 minutes as the hustle and bustle began, she said.
Mimi’s bark turned to screams and then to silence, and the howl of her beagle companion continued.
Ward hurried, but Mimi wasn’t there.
“The coyote took Mimi out of a small hole in the fence … he snatched her up, and I guess he flew with her,” Ward McClacy said.
“It was extremely bold,” she said.
Calling the dog’s name, she looked at the green stripe near her house and saw no sign there either. She said she heard screams from afar.
Ward’s fears that her Chihuahua pet could disappear forever grew. Mimi’s fate seemed even more certain when Ward looked at the green belt again and saw the coyote.
“The coyote was looking at me and I was looking at him,” she said. “It was a beautiful creature.”
But it was too early to count Mimi, because after a while the tiny dog reappeared, rushing to the fence, bloodied but alive, Ward said.
With Beagle Joey safely inside, Ward grabbed Mimi and immediately headed to the animal ambulance clinic in San Antonio.
Mimi received four stab wounds, two on both sides of her ribs, and “really strong bruises” on her abdomen, Ward said, but X-rays show no serious internal damage.
Ward hopes other dog owners will carry over her experience.
“Honestly, I didn’t think the coyotes would come that close if there were people there,” she said, adding that from now on she would be much more experienced.
Her neighbors fixed a leak in her fence, she said she didn’t think she needed to worry with her pets.
“Take precautions. Even if it’s a small gap, even if you know your dog isn’t going to run away, try to fill it in as soon as possible ”.
How Mimi ran away from the coyote, or why he let her go, Ward isn’t sure. The 7-year-old Chihuahua is cheeky and not afraid to use her teeth, but she couldn’t be much compared to a coyote.
Either way, Ward is glad that Mimi has survived and is recovering well.
“For what happened, I think she’s fine,” she said.
While direct attacks on humans are rare, humans and coyotes are in conflict often focuses on petsusually cats and dogs, experts say.
“Attacks on dogs usually occur in the presence of people or in residential areas associated with humans,” – said in a study by the University of Nebraska. “Small dogs can be taken at any time of the year, but attacks on large dogs are usually associated with the mating and breeding season (January to April).”
Sibala is located about 10 miles northeast of San Antonio.