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Coyote attacks two dogs in Salem

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SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) -

Sharon Shea was walking her two dogs, Magic and Cricket, when she said a coyote attacked them in Salem.

"The two dogs were kind of behind me, and I heard one yelp. And the other dog took after it. I was terrified really for the dogs. I knew that something had happened. And I bent over the dogs to cover myself. I wanted to keep them close to me,” she said.

The attack happened in a wooded area of the city known as the Fort Lee section. Neighbors said coyotes have taken it over.

"Early in the morning all winter I saw them come across the camp from that treeline and down into this area, they were looking for food,” Pam Macartney said.

Animal Control officer Donald Famico said coyotes have dens in the woods.

“You're running an animal or dog into a wooded area like this where coyotes are going to have their young. If a dog goes into one of those dens it's all over,” Famico said.

Coyotes will usually keep to themselves, only coming out to look for food.

"We ask people to make sure they feed their animals, dogs or cats, inside the house. Don't leave food out and about. Secure their rubbish barrels,” he said.

Shea said the coyote followed her and her dogs out of the woods and all the way home.

"It's okay, the dogs have just been chased by a coyote, so they're upset. And they said 'yeah, and the coyote is right there behind you,'” she said.

Animal Control said to prevent a coyote attack make sure your pet is on a leash and also be sure to get your pets' rabies shots up to date.

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