By Lesley Tanner, CBS Atlanta Reporter
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.
A family who lives in the Sugarloaf Country Club says their dog was brutally killed last week.
Jack Jack, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, disappeared from Clara Truesdell's home overnight on Wednesday.
"We found our little dog, Jack Jack, dead on a neighbor's driveway Thursday morning," said Truesdell. "The situation looked very suspicious for human mutilation."
As a doctor, Truesdell said the wounds looked too perfect to have been caused by anything but human hands.
"They were very precise," said Truesdell. "There was limited damage to the internal organs. They appeared to be in tact without any punctures."
Truesdell said the bizarre nature of the dog's death made her determined to figure out how he was killed and more importantly, who was responsible. After a local veterinarian did an autopsy, the dog's body was sent to the University of Georgia for examination by a pathologist. Truesdell said she was shocked to find out the killer was a natural foe, a coyote.
"I didn't know there was an issue with coyotes in the area," said Truesdell. "After the fact you hear stories of sightings."
Members of the Sugarloaf Country Club Homeowners' Association said early risers will occasionally see coyotes on the community's golf course, but they couldn't remember one ever killing a pet.
Neighbors said, although they're glad a person wasn't behind the attack, there's still a concern. Joe Rector said he doesn't allow his dog off the porch when he's not home, and he'll keep her even closer from now on.
"We just have to manage the pets differently than I guess we have in the past," said Rector.
The executive director of the homeowners' association recommends not allowing pets outside after dark or very early in the morning and making sure all pet food is kept inside.
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