Dog Rescues Puppy From Coyote

Maltese-poodle mix dog saved 7-month-old puppy from coyote

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:28 AM PDT
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Dog Rescues Puppy From Coyote

Courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center

Sophie will be ready for adoption sometime in February.

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A dog that saved a 7-month-old puppy from a potential coyote attack will soon be available for adoption.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center said the 2-year-old poodle-Maltese mix dog named Sophie was injured after she spotted a coyote in the family’s backyard in East County. The dog’s family said that they heard a cry and ran out to see Sophie step in front of the family puppy to protect it from the coyote.

The family told the animal center than they were able to scare the coyote away, but Sophie sustained bites to the neck, shoulder and side. The puppy was unharmed.

A veterinarian stitched Sophie’s wounds and gave her medicine. The family then decided that their home’s location near wildlife might be a threat to the dog and puppy’s safety, so they surrendered the animals to the Helen Woodward Animal Center last week.

The puppy, Lulu, was adopted shortly after, but now Sophie is looking for a new home.

The animal center said she will be available for adoption in about two weeks. For more information, visit the center’s website.

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