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A family in San Marino says a coyote attacked and killed their 16-year-old Yorkshire terrier in the backyard of their home on Sunday, KTLA reports.

Edgar Fajardo said his parents loved their dog named Scotty, who was discovered over the weekend by his mother at their residence in the 1500 block of Mirasol Drive.

She had gone to the backyard and thought she saw Scotty in the corner.

“When she got closer she realized that it was just the head,” Fajardo told KTLA.

Another woman told the network coyotes have killed three of her cats.

San Marino police said they did not receive a report of the dog killing.

Fajardo said his family will report the death of their dog to animal control officers on Tuesday.

The fatal pet attack follows news of a three-year-old who was attacked by a coyote in Irvine on Friday.

She suffered superficial wounds to her neck and did not require rabies shots, said Lt. Kent Smirl of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Smirl said the best way to keep coyotes away is to stop leaving food outdoors.

— City News Service

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