Shreveport, LA - "Everyday I can not help but to grieve for my dog. I know that sooner or later they'll get old and die, but what a horrible death."
Joyce Landrum says two weeks ago her pet poodle, Joey was killed in what she calls a vicious attack.
"I go back to the back door, when I get there I call for him, and I'm screaming for him and there's no Joey. I'm still calling because I'm wondering, why aren't you coming in."
Landrum says it was a typical early morning around two when she let her dog out, but this time she heard something unusual.
"To be able to hear something attacking him in your own backyard and there's nothing you can do."
She believes a pack of coyotes are responsible for the death of her dog.
"I have never, ever thought that we would worry about coyotes being in the city limits. Period."
Landrum lives in Shreveport's Western Hills neighborhood near Pines Road and Jefferson Paige.
She says four months earlier her next door neighbor's dog went missing.
"We didn't know if the coyote had gotten the dog or not, so we just assumed that it was lost. The dog had a collar on it and everything with the tags and not a trace."
She called several city, parish and state agencies looking for assistance and couldn't find any help. Now she has a warning for her neighbors.
"I will assure and I promise those coyotes are in those woods back there. Right here off Pines Road."
We followed up with Joyce's phone calls and reached out the Caddo Parish Animal Control and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.
We were told the state no longer handles animal trapping. Neighbors now have to pay Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Since Joyce believes the coyotes are in the wooded area next to her home she doesn't have the authority to allow trappers on property that isn't her own.
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