Boug recovers from a coyote attack. Photo courtesy Jade Suarzo
Jade Suarzo of Echo Park was taking care of a friend’s dog, Boug, a chihuahua mix from Glassell Park, earlier this month. One afternoon, Suarzo let Boug and her own dog, a beagle named Buster, romp around in the backyard, which is surrounded by a six-foot high fence. The woman left the two dogs alone for a few minutes to go inside and answer her phone. That fence, however, could not keep out a determined coyote, which apparently dug a hole to enter the backyard. The sounds of Boug screeching and howling sent Suarzo running outside:
“I ran outside, and not more than 15 feet away from my backdoor I find a coyote with it’s jaws clamped around Boug. The coyote was thrashing her around. I had no idea what to do. I started screaming. Luckily my roommate (Josh Lit – A hero) happened to be within earshot. He ran outside, grabbed a pole picker (a long wooden pole used to pick fruit from a tree), approached the coyote, and hit the coyote on the back repeatedly. I don’t think he hurt the coyote but, it must have been enough to scare it. The coyote retreated into a bush, with the Boug in it’s jaws. I thought it was over for the poor girl. Within seconds Boug appeared from the bushes, covered in blood, both sides of her torso were sliced open, but she could walk… I was beside myself.”
Suarzo, who lives near Baxter Street and Princeton Avenue, took Boug to the Echo Park Animal Hospital, where the dog was rushed into surgery. The 9-pound dog (pictured above) has sustained six-inch long lacerations on both sides of her torso, but none of her arteries were punctured or her bones broken. Boug is back home in Glassell Park. She still has stitches but is doing fine.Suarzo, however, remains worried about her own dog’s safety, and wants other Echo Park dog owners to be aware of the risks.
“We’ve since patched the hole [under the fence] and haven’t seen a trace of coyotes since,” she said. “But I’m VERY wary of letting my dog back in the yard … I don’t think I ever will unless he’s leashed… I’m too scared.”