KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A measure of a true friend is one who would risk anything to help if you're in danger. But would you risk your life to save your pet? Tom Robinson of Kennebunk says the answer to that question is a no-brainer, especially if you truly consider that pet a member of the family.
It was around 10:30 on Thursday night when Robinson let Tipper out for the last time before going to bed. It was a ritual they have had for more than a decade. What happened next can only be described as terrifying. A coyote ran out out of the woods and snatched Tipper. It dragged her through the woods critically injuring her. Robinson then took off into the woods after them, despite the danger.
Tipper The Wonder Dog is recovering at The Maine Veternary Referral Center, an animal emergency care clinic. Even though her injuries are extensive, her prognosis is good. They say she should be able to come home in a couple of days.
We spoke to Adam Gormley from the Maine Warden's Service, and he says it's extremely rare for a coyote to attack a dog. He also says that there is plenty of food available for coyotes at this time of year, and that there is no increase in coyote sightings or attacks this year. He also says that coyotes are generally afraid of humans and that they aren't looking for a confrontation.