- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 2, 2019

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A suburban Boston police department is warning residents to keep an eye on their pets after a dog was attacked and killed by at least two coyotes.

Woburn police on Facebook said the attack took place Monday morning and coyotes “are very active in the area.”

Paul McDonald tells The Boston Globe that he let his 16-year-old Jack Russell terrier into his backyard to relieve herself and she was only outdoors for a few seconds when he heard “unbelievable screeching.”

He says he beat the coyotes off with a baseball bat but it was too late. The dog was euthanized at an animal hospital.

McDonald lives near a large park, the Horn Pond Recreation Area.

Police said “please do not leave smaller animals outside alone.”

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