A coyote attacked a dog on Booth Avenue in Watertown Wednesday.
Police said the dog, a 21-pound Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier, was let out of the house for a few moments around 1 a.m. when a coyote around the size of a German Shepherd attacked.
The family yelled, causing the coyote to run, then they carried the dog into the house and brought it to a veterinarian to be treated for puncture wounds.
Police said the dog was up to date on its rabies shots, but the animal will be confined to the home due to the bite from an animal that could be rabid.
Animal control is urging pet owners to keep their pets’ shots up to date and to avoid leaving them unattended when out, especially between dawn and dusk when coyotes are out hunting.
Police said coyote attacks in Watertown are uncommon but the animal owner wanted the public to be aware of the incident to prevent further incidents.