BURLINGTON, N.C. – A dog was attacked by coyotes in its own yard in Burlington.
"This is where it happened, right here by the front porch," says Charlie's owner, Bonnie Stout.
On Wednesday, Charlie's land was invaded.
"I heard the 'yip,yip,yip' that coyotes make, the distinctive sound. It was really loud and there was barking and growling," she said. "I looked out the back door and he was being attacked by three coyotes. And they were not little."
FOX8 met up with the Stout's at a follow-up vet appointment at the Plaza Veterinary Hospital.
Stout says she tried everything to scare the coyotes off.
"It was scary. It was just terrifying," she adds.
But it was too late.
"He's got six big bites [on his right leg]. They tried to get his neck, but because he's got his winter fur and he had his collar on, there's just some bruising," said Stout. "Then he's got these ones on his [left] leg too. They're big puncture wounds. They can't sew it up, they've got to let it drain."
These attacks are apparently not common.
"It's pretty rare. In the years I've been doing this, I've only had 1-2 coyote instances," says Nick Tempesta with Animal Control for the City of Burlington.
He says while they've been hearing more reports of coyote sightings in the area, attacks aren't something they see a lot of it.
"We're starting early spring now, so this is the time they'll start mating, start getting out and getting more active," Tempesta said.
Both he and Stout believe there must be a den near the Stout's home and that everyone should be extra careful.
"Coyotes are so aggressive, they can be a problem," says Stout. "I mean, look at Charlie. What if he had been a kid? And then it scares me because I was outside."
Tempesta says this is a good reminder to make sure pets are up to date on their vaccinations.
He said if a coyote is spotted, people should call the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission to find out how to handle each situation.