Woman's Chihuahua snatched by coyote

Woman's Chihuahua snatched by coyote

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Cel Lincoln is now on edge every time she walks her pug.  "I still don't want to think about it," she said. 

She, Henry and her teacup Chihuahua Zuki were walking early Sunday morning.  She suddenly noticed that Henry the Pug started acting weird. 

"Got restless, very restless so I turn around and there was a big coyote, full grown.  And it just snatched my little Chihuahua that's like three or four pounds and took off," said Lincoln.   

She was at the corner of her street in the Willow Wood subdivision of Orange County.  It was early 5:15 Sunday morning.  Cel recalls that it was still dark outside.  The coyote took off with her little Zuki into the woods and she was left standing there helpless. No one was around to hear her scream. 

"At that point, all I could hear him yelp 'Arf'  Then I said 'Oh Zuki' and that was it. I was holding my other dog, because I was trying to chase the coyote and then I just cried," said Cel. 

She believes the coyote weighed around 50 pounds and came out of no where. 

"He must have been stalking us because suddenly he was right there," said Cel.  She says the coyote was not snarling.  "All I could see was his side view and I saw him snatch Zuki and he left," said Cel.

Now Cel is desperately trying to find any signs of her best four legged friend of 15 years. 

"He's my baby," said Cel. "I'm trying to locate his collar or his little shirt he was wearing, and I couldn't find anything." 

Since early Sunday morning, she's warning all of her neighbors, especially those with small pets.  

Florida Fish and Wildlife says people with small domestic animals like cats and dogs need to be careful, especially if their pet weighs less than 15 pounds.  Spokesperson Joy Hill says coyotes are typically more active from dusk until dawn.  Coyote experts say if you encounter a coyote, make loud noises.  That will typically scare them off.

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