DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) - A dog in Dartmouth was attacked by a coyote, during a familycookout.
Kristen Gwozdz said the coyote wandered out of the woodsSaturday and attacked the family’s beloved 9-year old blacklab, Nikki.
“She was bleeding really bad and she was cut up reallybad, I saw the bites on her back, they didn’t look sogood,” Kristen said.
Stephanie Gwozdz, 9, and her cousins were in the backyard whenthe coyote attacked.
“We all started to cry, we were all sitting inside on thecouch crying,” she said.
Kristen Gwozdz said Nikki’s actions actually saved thekids.
“She was very brave for what she did, she fought thecoyote, she was trying to run away too, but she wasfighting.”
One reason Gwozdz said the labrador is doing so well, is becauseNikki’s a fat dog.
“The coyote clawed into her so deeply, but she was so fatthat it actually helped her so, that’s a good thing.It’s ok to have a fat dog no matter what they say!”says Kristen.
Doctors had to use hundreds of staples to sew up the gashes onthe dog's neck and back.
The family visited Nikki Sunday afternoon at the vet, and couldhave her back home as early as Monday.
The coyote was shot and killed by Kristen’s husband.
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