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Woman fears coyote ate her beloved dog

Dog found ripped in half

Danielle Lampman's 16-year-old dog Shadow was found dead in her neighbor's lawn Aug. 31.
Danielle Lampman's 16-year-old dog Shadow was found dead in her neighbor's lawn Aug. 31.

Two Crystal Lake women fear their dogs were killed by coyotes.

Danielle Lampman said her 16-year-old Shih Tzu and poodle mix was killed the morning of Aug. 31 when she let him outside in her fenced yard.

“I let my dog out in the morning; it was still dark, but I let him out just like I did for the last 16 years,” said Lampman, who lives in the 1600 block of Durham Court. “He normally comes right back. He didn’t. We were concerned, so we started calling him.”

Lampman said she later found Shadow “cut in half” on a neighbor’s lawn.

“It was horrible and shocking,” Lampman said, adding that she wants McHenry County Animal Control to investigate and warn other dog owners.

Her neighbor’s medium-sized dog was found dead the night of Sept. 7.

“Her dog was three times the size of my dog,” Lampman said. “I think [whatever killed my dog is] going to kill more dogs, kill more cats.”

Neighbor Jennifer Wickstery said Sasha, her American Eskimo, was attacked and killed in her fenced yard.

“It looked like she lost a battle,” Wickstery said. A picture shows blood on the 11-year-old dog’s neck and puncture wounds.

“I’m heartbroken,” she said

Both women said they’ve seen coyotes in recent months, along with lots of missing cat posters.

Animal Control deferred comment to the McHenry County Department of Health. The department was not immediately available for comment.

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