Paul Doroshuk has called the picturesque hills of Alpine home for the last six months.
"We have a six-year-old son stared first grade... it's just a great community," he said.
But the joy of this so-called backcountry living is starting to take a toll. Coyotes are preying on his dogs. Two months ago, his five-year-old Jack Russell terrier Sissy was killed by a pack of coyotes in broad daylight. A neighbor's dog has vanished, and just last week coyotes scaled Doroshuk's five-foot fence and attacked his two other Jack Russels Pepper and Cecile.
"She basically tried to fight them off and eventually they got the upper hand and had her down and were taking turns taking shots at her walking by almost like you see on National Geographic," he said.
The violent attack left Cecile with an injured paw and Pepper within an inch of her life.
"The vet said if they had grabbed her neck and turned her or tried to pick her up, she wouldn't have made it," Doroshuk said.
He says he understands he's sharing his backyard with wild animals, but has purchased kennels - and Lou, his new Doberman - to help protect his family, and now wants others to be on alert.
"They just wait for when you're not looking and make their move then," he said.
Doroshuk says little Pepper will have to stay on antibiotics and pain killers for at least the next week, but is expected to make a full recovery.
A California kindergartener can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday.
A clear and warm weekend as temperatures begin to warm. Humidity levels in the desert will gradually lower through the weekend as a weak ridge briefly builds Saturday.
A Navy SEAL is being held in a military brig while authorities investigate the stabbing death of an Islamic State combatant while he was subdued in Iraq last year.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed two resolutions with Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum supporting international trade and border infrastructure programs.
City Attorney Mara Elliott announced that her office, in coordination with other state and city agencies, reached a $1.6 million settlement with Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities resolving allegations of unlawful handling and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.
Police arrested a 32-year-old Escondido man on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified male at a bar on West Grand Avenue.
A woman was killed when she stepped out of her boyfriend's car onto a Chula Vista street and was struck by a passing vehicle, authorities said Saturday.
Residents in La Mesa’s Eastridge area are trying to solve a mystery surrounding a dinosaur. The Tyrannosaurus Rex statue appeared on an empty plot of land sometimes over the past few days with no explanation.
Three major freeway closures across San Diego County will put the brakes on several routes from east to west this weekend. The first closure is the eastbound SR-94 connector to southbound SR-125 on Saturday, September 22.
National City police and sheriff's deputies will not face criminal charges in connection with the death of a drug-impaired mentally ill man following his combative arrest in the South Bay city last spring, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.