Child’s Best Friend
An animal that wildlife experts believe to be a coyote attacked a 7-year-old girl on Prudence Island on Dec. 30, grabbing her by the arm and dragging her toward the woods.
But the girl’s white American Labrador, named Kelly, fought the attacker off and saved her from injury.
According to what a Department of Environmental Management representative from the Fish and Wildlife division told Portsmouth police, this would be the first recorded coyote attack on a person in Rhode Island. …
Lauren told her mother that she had heard rustling in the woods and had thought it was their neighbor and his beagle. When Lauren got closer to investigate, she said she saw what she thought was a dog that was taller than her Labrador and was a black/brown color. The description that Lauren gave of the animal matched a coyote sighting by her neighbor a short while earlier. No dogs living nearby fit the description.
When Ms. Allard spoke to a Department of Environmental Management wildlife biologist he concluded that it must have been a coyote.
“When it spotted her, it charged her,” Ms. Allard said, repeating how Lauren described the attack.
Wearing only a long-sleeved shirt and a vest, Lauren was bitten on the arm. Lauren said that the coyote pulled her by the arm toward the woods. As Lauren tried to tug away from the animal’s grip, Kelly jumped in and bit the attacker’s rear leg.