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Coyote Ugly: Man Sees More Attacks In Alpine

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Household pets are disappearing in Alpine, but people have a good idea who the neighborhood predators are. They say the animals are getting more and more bold, attacking in broad daylight within feet of residents' back doors.

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.

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