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At 11 years old, Missy has the energy of a puppy, but from the scars that are healing all over her body, the friendly black lab is also a survivor.
Three weeks ago, Missy's owners came home from hockey practice to find her in their driveway unable to move. She had nearly 100 staples in her hindquarters and is recovering well, but doctors say it's remarkable she survived after all those bites.
"She really should not be here. With the wounds she got and we don't know long she was there, and it's winter," her trainer, Leda Blom said.
While no one saw what happened, Missy's owners have spotted coyotes near their property over the last few weeks. Blom, who lives a couple of miles away, says her neighbors have seen coyotes near their homes, too. She believes the animals are getting more aggressive because it's mating season and they see domestic pets as either competition or a quick meal.
Missy is expected to make a full recovery, but Blom worries other pets in the neighborhood may not be as fortunate.
"We really need to be careful because cats and small dogs are usually the ticket. For them, to go after a full grown lab and for her to be 11 and survive -- the whole story is pretty amazing," she said.
Blom added that coyotes are most active around dusk and dawn, and reminds pet owners it's never safe to leave small pets unattended.