Christina Eyth, a resident of Pennsylvania in the United States, noticed that on a cold, snowy day, there were some footprints outside her house that at first looked like a dog looking for shelter or help, so the woman decided to follow them.
The footprints led her to the basement door where she found the one who made the footprints in a precarious situation. “That’s when I saw this poor animal. He looked so fragile and he was shivering in the cold,” she said.
The animal was scared and hairless, it seemed to have mange, because it was so disfigured that Christina couldn’t tell if it was a dog or a coyote, but despite that the woman knew she couldn’t leave it in that condition, and after much insistence, the animal accepted to enter the basement where there was heat, food and water.
Christina received help from an animal protection group called Tj’s Rescue Hideaway after sharing on an internet forum about rescuing the unknown animal.
The NGO picked up the animal and took it to Wildlife Works-Mount Pleasant and offered all the support and treatment to find out what it is.
According to Eyth, the animal will undergo tests that will take two to four weeks to arrive at the result that will say if it is a dog or a coyote, but for now it is being very well taken care of, regardless of the species. And that you are happy to have helped him.
“If he’s a coyote, I’ll be there when he’s released. And if he’s a dog, my husband and I would love to adopt him when he’s recovered enough to be adopted! I feel so grateful and blessed to have noticed in their footsteps and followed them”, concluded Christina.
The coyote is a member of the dog’s family group, the canids, but it is not domestic and has a diet based on meats such as: rabbits, deer, elk, birds, snakes, lizards, fish, sheep, calves and all kinds of carrion. they come across, as well as fruits and vegetation. It is an animal similar to the wolf and the jackal, it is slightly smaller than them, and larger than a fox.
Fortunately the animal sought help in the right residence and is now protected from hunger and cold.