Coyote Kills Hazelwood Pet, Prompts Hazelwood Police Department Response

A Hazelwood couple is grieving after a coyote entered their back yard and killed their dog.

In response to the incident of a coyote attacking a small dog at a home in the 1300 block of Eagles Way Court, the Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) is working closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation to locate the wild animal.

The HPD is distributing educational literature about coyotes to residents in the area where the incident occurred. These brochures contain tips like reminding people not to leave their dogs or other pets outside at night unattended. 

Too Late for Little Bit

Hazelwood resident Kim Bennett and her family is missing 'Little Bit,`a Schnauzer-Poodle mix, that was found Sunday around 9 a.m. with fatal puncture wound to her chest.    

Bennett said she has never seen a coyote, but her husband had, near the wooded area at the edge of their yard a few months ago.

"I`ve heard them though, they`ve howled a couple of times," Bennett told KPLR of the coyotes living in the wooded area behind her home.

Bennett said they let her out then found her dead 10 minutes later in the woods behind the home. Around the same time, she said her husband saw a coyote fleeing from the area.

"I`d like them to be trapped and taken somewhere else; maybe a zoo or something," Bennett said. "I`d rather them not be killed."

Agencies Taking Action

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports coyote sightings at this time of year are common, but attacks on domestic animals are rare. Also, Conservation experts confirm that attacks on children or adults are almost nonexistent. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is currently investigating the incident. It has sole jurisdiction over wild animal relocation. 

In addition, copies of the educational literature about coyotes will soon be made available for residents to pick-up at Hazelwood City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane.

Spot a Coyote?

Any residents who see coyotes roaming around their property or neighborhood should contact Missouri Conservation agent Tom Miester at 314-223-9838.

Dino McDonnell November 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
One thing would have saved this dogs life, Hazelwood has restraint (leach) law and this dog should have been on one because the yard is not fenced in. This is not the fault of the wildlife. This pet owner should have known better. You live in an area where wildlife is your back yard, what did you expect?
Candace Jarrett November 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Well said Dino. We live near the location where this happened and we always have our dog Juno on a leach when she's outside using the restroom or hanging out because we know she'll wonder off into the woods. I've seen a coyote behind our home and it has even walked up into the backyard, which makes me wonder if it would have been prevented either way for this couple.
Dino McDonnell November 27, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Candace, I’m a 40 year resident of Hazelwood and have had all kinds of wildlife in my back yard and still not lost a dog to the coyotes in the area, but I don’t leave them out alone in the dark either. This little alpha dog most likely went after the coyote and threatened its area. This event could have been prevented.
Kim Bennett November 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
This "Little Alpha Dog" is actually the most timid dog I have ever had. She barely left my side and would hardly leave the porch to do her business and then come right back up. And I never left my dogs alone in the dark. It was 9 in the morning. Also having them both tethered would have probably resulted in both of my dogs being dead. I'm glad your dogs have been safe but do not talk about mine as if you knew them and think that they deserved to be killed.
Kathy LoGrasso November 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Kim, I'm so sorry you lost your pet (Little Bit).. I live on your street and I don't feel any of this was your fault, I have lived here a very long time and you did nothing wrong. this whole street that has pets always lets the dogs go to the bathroom in thier OWN backyard and we have never had problems. Again, so sorry for your loss.....
Danielle Mitchell November 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
We have seen two in the field behind our house...so there maybe more than just the one...I am also sorry for your loss...I have two dogs and I would be beside myself if anything happened to them. I actually went out and bought each of them these lights that clip on their collar that blink so we can see them in the yard
Candace Jarrett November 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Kathy, I heard back from HPD. Sgt. Andy Eagan. He said they will be delivering pamphlets to the residents surrounding the area where this occurred soon. He said possibly today, or tomorrow most likely. He said the first half of the week they have been preparing the pamphlets.
Delores Eichholz November 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
wow! you mean HPD actually has a heart!
Kim Bennett November 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Thank you so much, Kathy, it means a lot.
Candace Jarrett November 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Delores, what would a week be without a little of your sarcasm? Happy hump day!
Dino McDonnell December 03, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I don’t believe your story one bit, you left your dog out alone and not on a leach. You are 100% responsible for this event. Be glad I was not the police officer that answered your call, I would have said I was sorry for your loss and given you a summons for not having you dog on a leach.
Kim Bennett December 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Dino, the reason you "don't believe" my story is because you are too proud to admit you were wrong in your assumptions, plain and simple. I can also tell you are extremely illogical. Please, tell me how having my dogs on a leash (note the spelling, you might learn something) would have saved her life rather than make her an even easier target for wildlife. Despite your "disbelief" both of my dogs were trained via a wired fence, so they were contained. The perimeter was quite far from the edge of the woods. They were NEVER left out when it was dark outside. The pamphlet the police gave out even said to not leave your dogs out unattended from dusk till dawn which is incorrect since they do hunt at all times during the day. Also, if you are a police officer or Hazelwood, I am saddened to live in a city that would employ someone like you who twists the world to fit -your- version of events no matter how false they are.


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