A Maltese-poodle mix was killed near Pine Lake in Stern Grove as its owners watched in horror back in September, and once again, a coyote pounced on a small dog in the park this weekend.
It's a rarity, but when a coyote does attack, it usually ends the same way. This time, fortunately, it didn't.
On Saturday morning, Eva Kristenson tells CBS 5 she was walking her five-year-old Dachshund named Jasmine, who was off-leash. Before she knew it, “I saw [Jasmine] hanging out of the coyote’s mouth."
Then came Sue Redding with her dogs, one of whom is Mia, a larger canine. She sent Mia after the coyote who had nearly killed Jasmine by this point. Staring the coyote down, Redding's dog was able to recover Jasmine.
As she tells it: “I see the woman, and I scream, ‘the coyote’s got your dog!’ And, at that point, we’re both like, ‘what do we do?’ So, I looked at my dogs and I said, ‘Mia, get the coyote... She ran up the hill, and confronted the coyote, and the coyote dropped the dog, and then Mia came running back to me like it was Rin Tin Tin on command. It was amazing."
Bloodied and wounded, Jasmine spent a day recovering in a veterinary hospital. She's now fine. “I really want to say thank you to her and her two dogs," Kristenson said of Redding. "They saved Jasmine’s life."