NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – On Thursday, officials warned of a roaming coyote near the towns of Fairfield and Weston in Connecticut.

On Thursday night, one pet owner in Fairfield lost their dog in a coyote attack.

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WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports the Fairfield woman let her little pomeranian out just before bedtime, then she heard a terrible ruckus.

Starving coyotes stalking for prey viciously attacked the dog. It did not survive the attack.

WCBS 880 Reporter Fran Schneidau spoke with authorities about the latest attack

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Lieutenant Jim Perez says coyote sightings are frequent in town, though this is the first time a pet has been killed.

Perez warned residents should never let their dogs out unleashed or out of sight.

“Coyotes can be distracted by loud noises, so if they have a flashlight big enough where they can bang against something or make noise, they can also scream and yell loudly. That will stun the coyote at times and then scare them off,” said Perez.

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It’s important to report any sightings to the police, said Perez. Local police are working with the state to track them in town.