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May 13, 2015 6:06 PM

Rico the dog recovering after coyote attack in Dover


DOVER - A dog that was attacked by a coyote last week is back home and recovering, according to his owners.

Rico, an 8-year-old Bichon Frise was outside his house on Cottonwood Drive on Friday morning when the coyote attacked him at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Dixela Newcomb saw the incident, and began yelling at the wild animal.

It dropped the dog.

Her husband, Jerry, said he heard the commotion and got outside as quickly as he could.

"I thought someone was attacking (my wife), so I grabbed a baseball bat," Jerry Newcomb said.

Rico was brought to Portsmouth Animal Hospital, where staff put tubes in his neck to let it drain. Rico also had several broken bones in his back.

Jerry Newcomb said on Tuesday that in his 13 years living at his house, he has never seen a coyote, just deer.

He said the incident has made everyone in his neighborhood more aware about the dangerous animals.

The coyote that attacked Rico was the size of a German Shepard, he said.

Since the attack, the Newcombs do not allow Rico out at dawn and dusk. They hope they never have to deal with another wild animal on their property.

"It was a horrible experience to watch my dog be attacked by a coyote in front of my eyes, but thank God, he is recovering and is back with us," Dixela Newcomb said.

Coyote attacks of this nature are unusual, according to officials at N.H. Fish and Game.


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