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Updated: Blind, Deaf Dog Likely Killed by Coyote

Minnie, a 15-year-old Maltese, was killed in a La Crescenta backyard in the 2500 block of Community Avenue.

UPDATE: Minnie, a blind, deaf 15-year-old Maltese was most likely killed by a coyote, according to Dr. Kathleen O'Dwyer at .

Minnie was found dead in a Montrose backyard before 6 a.m. on Monday in the 2500 block of Community Avenue, near Rosemont Avenue, owner Joshua Doud told Patch.

Doud woke up and could not find the dog, which was common for Minnie, who was blind and deaf and wandered outside through a pet door to go to the backyard. After searching, he found a bloody location on the driveway, behind a tall fence.

It was unclear what kind of animal attacked Minnie, but , Doud said.

Minnie was taken to and examined, Doud said.

Hospital staff told Doud that residents have been taking their injured pets there following attacks from wildlife.

Doud's mother, Salli Jo Doud, suggests that locals should keep their pet doors locked and take extra precaution.

Patrick Lee September 27, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Poor Minnie! Sad to lose such a cute friend.
Monica Baltazar September 27, 2011 at 07:12 PM
My condolences to the family. My heart goes out to them.
Jessica Hamlin September 27, 2011 at 07:14 PM
This is SO sad. The poor thing probably didn't know what was happening until it was too late. This is another good reminder to watch out for pets. Animal attacks seem to be getting more frequent in the foothills. I'm so sorry for your loss, Joshua and Salli.
Denise September 27, 2011 at 09:34 PM
It doesnt matter how far away you are from the actual hills anymore. The wildlife is hungry & thirsty, & roaming, looking for an 'easy' catch. Unfortunately, our pets are often times more convenient for them than the wild ones, such as squirrels or rabbits, as they are savvy to the coyotes. Its is devastating. I have lost a couple pet family member to the coyotes & possibly a bob cat. I learned my lesson the hard, heart breaking way. The guilt is so difficult. No more outdoor cats & small dogs are always in sight. This brings up such emoton. I am very sorry for your loss & feel your pain. denise
Charles D September 28, 2011 at 05:00 AM
My condolences to the family. It's so difficult to read though articles like this, I feel so bad for the family.

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