Fairfax County, Virginia, officials are putting residents on alert after a dog was killed on Sunday night in a suspected coyote attack.
Police said the dog had been let out in the backyard of a home in the 7000 block of Bradley Circle in Annandale, Virginia, to use the bathroom. The owner later found the pet dead just outside the yard.
They said an animal matching the description of a coyote had been seen nearby both before and after the suspected attack. Wildlife officials said they have experienced an increase in the number of calls reporting coyote sightings in recent weeks across Fairfax County.