September 18, 2021

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Cat survives coyote assault in San Jose

A San Jose pet owner is warning some others in the neighborhood to be on alert following she stated her cat was attacked by a coyote and just about died. The assault occurred on Myrtle Avenue near Jarvis Avenue.

“I was ready to have to put her down,” mentioned Shannon Holmes of Santa Clara. “I like her. I’m so happy she’s ok.”

Shannon Households beloved pet Ginger is on agony meds and antibiotics, slowly and gradually walking and feeding on immediately after Holmes explained the 16-calendar year-old outdoor cat was attacked by a coyote.

“Bewildered, I could not believe that it at initially,” mentioned Rey Ochoa of San Jose. “They really never belong all-around listed here but with the warmth and the drought.”

Ochoa life across the road. He was woken up Thursday all around 1:45 a.m. to a screeching audio. When he looked out his window, he saw a coyote grabbing Ginger by the neck.

“I just ran out as immediately as I could to chase off the coyote,” stated Ochoa. “I gave it much too very good shakes as I was approaching him and he lastly let go.”

A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured who is considered to be Rey on his cell cell phone calling 911 as the coyote headed down Shaw Travel.

“He mentioned the coyote seemed about 30 to 40 lbs ., almost certainly two feet very long and it’s possible 18 to 20 inches tall,” claimed Chris Holmes of San Jose. “The coyote dragged the cat into the center of the street.”

Chris Holmes, Shannon’s dad, said Ginger was found out the following early morning below the bushes in a neighbor’s garden. Ginger was observed motionless and dehydrated. Shannon took Ginger to an animal healthcare facility in Campbell.

“There they located the coyote experienced damaged her shoulder blade, her right shoulder blade and she had two puncture wounds,” explained Shannon Holmes.

“Coyotes principally hunt smaller video game these as rabbits or squirrels, cats are not significantly more substantial than that,” stated Lt. Jeff Heitzenrater of California Dept. Fish & Wildlife.

Lt. Heitzrater explained the drought may perhaps be partly to blame, unclear if the coyote arrived from the hillside or close by Ross Creek.

Shannon Holmes posted the attack on Nextdoor warning the group to preserve an eye on your animals.

“She has to continue to be indoors for at minimum 6 months to a yr but I’m not letting her back again exterior,” mentioned Shannon Holmes.

Condition Fish & Wildlife advises maintaining pets indoors overnight. Coyotes are nocturnal hunters much more lively when it is cooler at night time.

Azenith Smith is a reporter for KTVU.  Email Azenith at [email protected] and comply with her on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com.