Animal care official: keep an eye on small pets

(WLFI Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officials are advising pet owners outside urban areas to keep a close watch on their pets. The agency was recently notified of two reports of small dogs being killed by coyotes.

Animal Care and Control Chief Dennis Papenmeier said there is no reason for people to panic. He said coyotes do not frequently attack dogs in Marion County.

When attacks do happen, according to Papenmeier, they’re isolated to the outskirts of the county.

“We know that coyotes are in those areas,” Papenmeier said. “So this doesn’t come as a surprise.”

Monday, Papenmeier offered advice to pet owners.

“If they see a coyote, we don’t necessarily want them to engage with that,” he said. “We want them to be proactive and keep an eye out for that pet more than anything.”

Workers at Animal Care and Control said spring is birthing season for coyotes. Papenmeier said that could cause a coyote to be slightly more aggressive this time of year.

“They are trying to provide for their families,” Papenmeier said. “Food for their families. Their new families as well.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s