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Coyote sneaks in through doggie door and attacks 2 dogs, killing 1

The other dog barely survived.
Credit: Paul Carter/The Register-Guard via AP, File
FILE- In this Sept. 11 2015, file photo, a coyote leaps through an empty field on Chad Drive in Eugene, Ore. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Friday, June 21, 2019, voted to ban organized contests where hunters try to kill the most coyotes or other predators for prizes like cash or hunting equipment. (Paul Carter/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

A coyote used a doggie door to walk into a home and attack two dogs in what authorities are describing as an "unprecedented" situation in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pet owner Scott Goodling arrived back at his home last Friday in Buena Park to find blood everywhere, CBS Los Angeles reports.

When he walked further inside, Goodling found Sally, his 10-year-old Maltipoo, dead. His other dog, Murphy, was clinging to life, CBS LA says.

Murphy's injuries required more than $2,200 in surgeries, the Los Angeles Times said. According to the newspaper, it was the second time Murphy was attacked by a coyote.

A pack of coyotes was reportedly seen on a neighbor's surveillance camera around the time of the deadly attack. Approximately a month ago, KABC reports a cat was killed by a coyote in the same area.

On Tuesday, the city of Buena Park announced there had been an increase in coyote sightings and warned residents to take steps to protect themselves, their pets and their property. Those steps include keeping small animals indoors when possible, feeding pets inside, getting rid of potential food and water sources in your yard, teaching kids to avoid dense vegetation and installing motion-sensing lighting around your home.

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