NORTH BARRINGTON – Max is one lucky pooch.
The 8-year-old Yorkie survived a coyote attack Wednesday morning outside his North Barrington home. Max’s owner, Tami Williams, pried the dog from the animal’s grasp.
“I had only heard of coyote attacks on TV, not at my back door,” Williams said. “It’s crazy that this would ever even happen, but thankfully he is OK.”
Williams was following her normal routine Wednesday when she let Max out through a back door leading to a stone patio. The backyard includes two acres that back up to a large pond.
Within seconds, two coyotes ran up to Max, and one grabed him by the muzzle, Williams said. She said she “happened to be standing right there, started clapping, kicked it and grabbed him out of the coyote’s mouth.”
“There was a lot of blood,” Williams said. “I wrapped him up and took him to animal emergency with puncture wounds to his mouth, which is being treated with antibiotics and painkillers.”
Max is expected to make a full recovery, which comes as happy news to those who know him from the Car Bath in Cary, where he can be found welcoming customers.
“It’s crazy how popular he has become,” said Williams, owner of the business. “He is cowering a lot right now, like he’s afraid of being attacked again. Hopefully, he’ll be back to normal soon.”
The attack is similar to many reported in the Chicago area this past year and sightings, including near Wrigley Field. Coyotes have attacked canines in Wheaton, Warrenville and North Aurora and elsewhere.
“[Coyotes] are here and not going away anytime soon,” said Sara Denham, Wildlife Resource Center manager for the McHenry County Conservation District. “Residents need to be aware of that because you are putting your animals at risk by letting them roam free.”
Keeping an eye on pets, especially smaller dogs, is highly recommended because they make easy targets for coyotes, Denham said.