ISLE OF PALMS – A routine walk on the beach left a dog with stitches in five different places.
The coyotes were the culprits.
And now the dog’s owners want to raise awareness about the coyote problem in the Charleston area, especially since the tourist season is already underway.
Karen Britton of Mount Pleasant said she and her dog Lula went out for a morning walk on the beach last week when the puppy was attacked by four coyotes in the sand dunes.
Britton said at the time of the incident she was picking up the dog. When she got up, Lula was not in sight. She thought the dog must have been walking towards the dunes. Isle of Palms allows dogs to be on the beach off-leash from 5 to 9 a.m. in the spring and summer.
When Lula didn’t answer his call, Britton climbed into the dunes and saw the coyotes attacking him. It all happened in a minute.
“One was carrying her on each hind leg, the other was holding her by the throat and the other was about to rip her stomach,” said Chip Britton, Karen’s husband.
When Britton approached the area, she said she thought she scared the coyotes off because they were quickly gone.
“And she (Lula) got up and came over to me,” Britton said. “She’s a strong little bitch.”
But the 2-year-old Boykin Spaniel will need some time to recover.
She must have had stitches in her head, neck and three other places where she was bitten. Britton said they even thought the dog would need stomach surgery due to a bad bite in that area.
This is not the first report of coyote attacks in the Charleston area. Earlier this year, a man from Mount Pleasant said coyotes were responsible for the deaths of two of his cats in the gated neighborhood of Sandpiper Pointe II.
And a resident of the Isle of Palms reported on the Next Door social media app that he and his wife heard a pack of coyotes ‘shred’ someone’s pet on 31st Avenue last week. .
Britton said that when she reported the incident, an animal control officer told her there was a coyote den at 24th Avenue.
“It looks like they would have at least put up signs that would warn people about coyotes,” Britton said.
She said she would also like to see the city trap the coyotes if they know where they are.
On April 20, a staff member from the Isle of Palms Police Department said officers had not confirmed that coyotes attacked a dog.
The SC Natural Resources Department has called on hunters to help control the coyote population statewide, and deer hunters are encouraged to shoot anything they can see while hunting.
But municipalities and counties may have different rules and methods for controlling animals.
According to the MNR, no hunting permit or permit is required for people to shoot coyotes on their property within 100 meters of the house. Night hunting is permitted on registered properties or with a depredation permit.
Trapped coyotes cannot be moved.
Predators are found in every county in the state and are extremely adaptable. They harm deer, turkeys, and other important native species in South Carolina.
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