Vests for Pets

SOME OWNERS IN FLORIDA HAVE TAKEN TO DRESSING THEIR DOGS IN COATS, BUT IT’S NOT TO KEEP OUT THE COLD. IT’S TO FEND OFF ATTACKS FROM COYOTES. LET’S DIG A LITTLE MORE INTO THE INTERSECTION OF WILD ANIMALS AND THE HUMAN WORLD.

SEAN DALY HAS OUR STORY.

HILLARY HART/DOG OWNER: "I STARTED SEEING HORRIBLE STORIES ABOUT CATS GOING MISSING AND SMALL DOGS, THAT'S WHEN I BECAME CONCERNED. THEY'D BE A TASTY LITTLE TIDBIT I THINK."

SEAN: HILLARY HART HAS LIVED IN OLD NORTHEAST FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS

BUT NOT UNTIL RECENTLY HAS SHE ARMED HER DOGS -- TOTO AND MOJO -- AGAINST COYOTES

THAT'S RIGHT, COYOTE VESTS.

SPIKES AROUND THE THROAT...BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE COYOTES GO FOR THE KILL

SEAN DALY/REPORTER: "THEY KIND OF LOOK LIKE SUPER DOGS, DON'T THEY? LIKE YOU GUYS ARE GONNA START FLYING AWAY."

COYOTE SIGHTINGS -- AND PETS BEING ATTACKED -- ARE NOW A REGULAR THING NEAR COFFEE POT BAYOU

ST. PETE OFFICIALS WARN RESIDENTS THAT COYOTES HERE ARE MOST ACTIVE AT DUSK AND DAWN

IF YOU SEE ONE, MAKE LOUD NOISES...THROW ROCKS.

IT'S CALLED COYOTE HAZING.

HEIDI BARDI/DOG OWNER: "IT WAS FREAKY!"

HEIDI BARDI CAME FACE TO FACE WITH ONE AT NIGHT.

SHE DIDN'T HAZE -- SHE WAS TOO WEIRDED OUT.

HEIDI BARDI/DOG OWNER: "MANGY FUR -- IT WAS THE UGLIEST LOOKING THING! I WOULDN'T LET MY DOG RUN AROUND AT NIGHT AFTER SEEING THAT."

HILLARY HART DOES LET HER DOGS RUN AROUND HER BACK YARD, EVEN WHEN SHE'S NOT HOME

BUT SPIKY COYOTE VESTS AND ALL...SHE STILL WORRIES

HILLARY HART/DOG OWNER: "I PUT THIS FENCE UP BEFORE I KNEW ABOUT COYOTES. A COYOTE CAN GET OVER A FENCE THAT A CAT CAN GET OVER."

SEAN DALY/REPORTER: "THIS IS AN EASY JUMP FOR A CAT AND A COYOTE. EVEN I COULD JUMP OVER THIS FENCE!"

HILLARY HART/DOG OWNER: "RIGHT! SO THAT'S NOT MUCH PROTECTION."


Find Out More


Website Article: Coyote Smarts, Safety Tips for Pet Owners | Ideas on how to protect your pets.

Website: Coyote Vest | The creators of this vest show how it protects your dogs.

Website Article: Canidae, How To Protect Your Pet from Wildlife Predators | Suggestions for protecting pets outdoors.

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