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Puppy who survived coyote attack up for adoption

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RANCHO SANTA FE (CNS) - A two-month-old shepherd mix puppy who survived a coyote attack in the Los Angeles area will be put up for adoption, along with his litter-mates, at the Helen Woodward Animal Center Thursday.

Rocky, the runt among his brothers and sisters, was snatched from his litter by the predator and carried off, but fought his way free, suffering a gaping wound along his left side, according to the center's John Van Zante.

The dog was sent to the center for treatment and has since recovered, the only blip being a cold that forced last week's scheduled adoption to be put on hold to Thursday, Van Zante said.

A veterinarian said the canine will have some scar tissue from the large wound that could tighten the skin on his left side as he grows up, but he should grow up to be around 40 pounds.

Adoption services begin at noon at the center at 6523 Helen Woodward Way.

This is a story update. CBS 8's original story is below.

AN DIEGO (CBS 8) - After being attacked by a coyote, an eight-week-old puppy named Rocky is making a comeback. Experts at Helen Woodward Animal Center say Rocky's story serves as an important reminder.

At eight weeks old and weighing in at less than five pounds, don't underestimate this runt of the litter, because Rocky is a fighter.

A coyote snatched Rocky from his pack of five brothers and sisters last week and ran off into the hills with the puppy in its mouth. Somehow, Rocky managed to escape, but not without a wide open wound stretching from his armpit to his tail.

"He's stitched up, we don't predict he'll have any long-term effects accept for maybe the skin might be tight on that side. Right now he's getting some special treatment because of his immune system being compromised, but he's doing great,"

Officials at Helen Woodward says Rocky's story serves as an important reminder to all pet owners that it's coyote puppy season, meaning the animals are out scouring the county for food.

"It's not just the rural areas of San Diego. I've seen coyotes in Balboa Park. I saw a coyote cross University Avenue in North Park where it had someone's cat in its mouth. They are everywhere,"

With Rocky's wounds still healing, he will soon be up for adoption. The handsome pooch didn't waste any time trying to woo potential family members. And while Rocky may have a lasting battle would, staff members hope his winning story will help pet owners knock out the danger lurking outside their door.

"Don't send your pets out alone. You need to be there with them, you need to stay close,"

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