Dogs
Owner watches in horror as coyote snatches their tiny dog so she reaches for family’s secret weapon
The owners watched in horror as the coyote swooped up their tiny dog Chico and dragged him away.
Cherie Gozon
06.09.22

We keep emergency tools and equipment at home like fire extinguishers and first aid kits. These things give us our first line of defense in case of any untoward incident.

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But this story could introduce you to a unique item that might come in handy at home. This family in (location) found themselves using it in one of the most horrific incidents in their yard.

Watching over Chico

Larry and Kerri Ruiz had this beloved dog named Chico. Often, they set their pooch out in the yard so he can run around and play.

They often keep a close eye on little Chico to spring into action when something happens. They also installed a surveillance camera facing their lawn so they could still watch Chico play outside while they were inside. And it’s a good thing they did.

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Kerri was inside the house when she heard Chico barking outside. It’s no ordinary bark; it sounded that of desperation and fright. When she checked their surveillance feed, she couldn’t believe what she saw.

Coyote vs. Chico

Chico ran across the garden while a coyote was chasing him. The coyote cornered him and chomped down his neck. It walked away with Chico in its mouth, giving it a little shake.

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YouTube Screenshot - Inside Edition

Kerri called Larry for help and screamed incoherently that a coyote had taken Chico. They were frantic for a few minutes, looking left and right to find their poor pooch.

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Watch the video below and see the horrifying incident. You can see how frenzied the couple was as they tried to figure out how they could save their beloved dog.

The airhorn that saved Chico

As the couple looked around in dire need of help, Kerri ran back inside the house to look for something that could be useful. That’s when she remembered something they keep in case of emergency – an airhorn.

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She grabbed the airhorn nearby and ran back outside. One push of that airhorn and it gave a blasting noise that scared the coyote away. Sadly, it wasn’t very good news for Chico.

Chico the Brave

They found poor Chico hurt and wounded, so they brought him to the vet to address his injuries. He suffered from a broken rib and a few scratches, especially from the coyote’s tight grasp on his neck.

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Larry and Kerri were thankful that Chico was alive. They couldn’t believe that a simple air horn saved him. The couple also promised to never leave their little puppy playing in their yard unattended.

Why keep an airhorn at home?

There are different types of air horn, but the one that Kerri used to save Chico was a personal airhorn often used in sporting events. It uses the simple principle as any wind instrument does. But instead of someone blowing the air, the brass or metal can is filled with compressed air. One gentle press will give off a loud, distinct noise.

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While airhorns are not allowed in motor vehicles, you can use one in your house or when you walk around to either distract your attacker or gather attention from people nearby.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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