Man Saves Shih Tzu from Coyote Attack

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In Seal Beach, Calif., a man risked his life to save a dog that had been snatched by a large coyote. The heroic man confronted the wild animal and saved the life of Sugar, a five-year-old Shih Tzu.


Jovanka Radivojevic and her dog named Sugar were home, but in an instant, the dog started barking at something and then ran out the door. A large coyote then came and grabbed the pet.

“I knew she was dead, when I saw her in [the coyote’s] mouth,” Radivojevic told Fox 11.

Joey witnessed the attack and didn’t think twice. He reacted and ran after the coyote.

“I could hear [Radivojevic] crying for the dog, and I see the dog being shook up and it was so sad,” said Joey. “I figured I could scare the coyote by chasing it.”

The heroic man ran as fast as he could and his brave action saved Sugar.

“Out of the corner of my eye I saw a man running as fast as 100 MPH as far as I’m concerned,” said Radivojevic. “When I saw Joey, I got some hope.”

Sugar the Shih Tzu suffered some cuts from the attack but she is expected to make a full recovery. The dog is alive today and it is all thanks to Joey.