By: Christine D'Antonio

WEST VIEW (KDKA) — Police in West View believe a stray animal is to blame for killing a family’s pet husky.

West View police say the dog was in its own backyard Saturday night when it was mauled to death.

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Neighbors in West View are pointing the finger at coyotes, which they say they’ve seen more of recently including close to the now-abandoned Highland Country Club.

“That is scary and it’s scary to know that they’ll go after a husky,” said Eileen Bearer, a West View resident and dog owner.

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People with dogs are urged to keep a close watch on them, especially at night when coyotes come out.

“That is pretty concerning,” said Sean Slaney, of West View. “Maybe the police should look out for the coyotes a little more around the area if that’s going to be a problem now.”

Officers say the animals are typically skittish, but can get territorial sometimes around other animals.

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