Brampton officials patrol the streets after a dog is killed in a coyote attack near schools

The city of Brampton is conducting patrols after a dog was killed in a coyote attack near two elementary schools.

Monica Vincent and her dog Jada were walking on Sunset Boulevard near Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School and Glendale Elementary School around 9:30 p.m. on June 20 when a coyote approached them.

“As soon as we approached the fire station there, a coyote attacked us or a coywolf attacked us from behind,” he said. “He took my dog ​​and ran away like that.”

Vincent said that Jada managed to escape, but couldn’t find her.

“I was looking for her all night until seven in the morning,” he explained.

Jada’s body was found the next day. Vincent said the dog had a puncture wound below the rib where he had likely bled to death.

“It was hard for me, it still is, it really is. I miss her so much,” she said.

In March, Glendale Elementary School sent a letter to parents reporting that a coyote had been seen on school grounds.

“We had indoor recess, so we basically got to play with stuff,” said Colton Carberry, who was in third grade at the time. “They just ran inside like right away, and that only happens when it’s raining.”

The letter stated that a coyote had been seen by a community member at around 8:20 in the morning.

“The school didn’t tell people, especially other people in the neighborhood, like my mom and dad who are backing up to school, that there’s a coyote,” Vincent said. If they had told her, she said she would never have taken Jada for a walk.

But the Peel District School Board said the school also “contacted the City of Brampton, notified Animal Control and filed a report.”

“The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority,” they said.

However, when a city spokesperson was asked about the sighting at the school, they were unable to confirm if they had received the report.

Todd Carberry, Colton’s father, told CTV News Toronto that he has seen at least six in the area.

“I’ve seen them in our front yards, I’ve seen them in our backyards,” he said. “We shouldn’t have to worry about this in our communities.”

Since the attack on Jada, the city has been conducting patrols.

“We do nightly patrols in that general area around the time this incident occurred,” said Mike Mulick, manager of Brampton Animal Services.

Mulik said that between 100 and 150 coyote sightings are reported each month. the city has an interactive map online where residents can see where they have been seen.

Officials ask residents to make sure they don’t leave food for wildlife and to always keep dogs on a leash.

“Coyotes can view dogs, especially when off leashes, as a potential threat or even mistaken for a food source,” Mulik said.

Vincent said that Jada was a rescue and that a previous owner had abused her so she couldn’t wear a leash.

“I tried for months to put him on a leash and the anxiety would get worse,” he said. “I started teaching her to walk beside me, and she was very obedient. She would always wake up next to me, she would never pass me and she would never go after me.”

Vincent has been visiting Brampton from New Brunswick for the past nine months to spend time with his ailing father, who has Parkinson’s and cancer.

She said she can’t stay here any longer after what she’s experienced.

“It doesn’t matter which sidewalk I’m on, but on this one I carry a stick,” he said. “I’m always looking now because I’m terrified myself.”

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