GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Valley family was forced to say goodbye to one of their beloved pets this week after an intruder made its way onto their property.
Ryan and Allison Jagels’ 17-year-old beagle-chihuahua mix was killed on Thursday morning by a coyote.
“When we turned the corner I saw the coyote hovering over Buddy,” Ryan recalled.
Ryan said it was the biggest coyote he had ever seen, adding that even their 80 pound boxer would have had a tough time with the animal.
Fortunately, the Jagels’ boxer and their two young children were inside the house when the attack took place.
“Our 3-year-old is 30 pounds, not bigger than the dog, really, so that’s the scary part,” Allison stated.
The Jagels said they’ve never seen coyotes in their Glendale neighborhood, but Arizona Game & Fish said coyote encounters are on the rise.
Game & Fish added that people can keep coyotes off their property by spreading ammonia around their yard. It’s also important to make sure you don’t leave dog food outside.
The Jagels hope they never have to lose another pet to coyotes, and are now tasked with explaining to their children what happened to Buddy.
“We’re going to tell them he passed away, but we’re also going to take the opportunity to talk to them about coyotes, and what they need to do if they see a coyote,” Allison remarked.