Police set meeting about coyote attacks

Laguna Beach police will hold a community meeting next week to discuss recent coyote attacks on dogs, according to a news release.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Top of the World Elementary School's multipurpose room, 21601 Treetop Lane.

Animal services supervisor Jim Beres and Officer John Thompson will lead the discussion, designed to educate residents about two reported attacks in the past month and offer tips on how to keep animals safe, the news release said.

People who have seen coyotes roaming in their neighborhoods are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Three Yorkshire terriers were taken from backyards in the past three weeks, according to police.

The first attack occurred July 18 in the 3100 block of Bern Drive. The owner last saw her two dogs the previous night before going to bed. The dogs were missing the following day and police found coyote feces, blood and fur nearby.

The second incident took place in the 2700 block of Temple Hills Drive early July 25. The owner let his dog into the backyard to exercise but discovered it was missing shortly after.

No people have reported being attacked, police said.


For the seniors

Laguna Beach police will also hold a meeting next month to help seniors avoid becoming fraud victims.

Officer Nikki Hernandez will lead the talk, focused on phone and Internet scams, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 3 at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St.

For more information, call the Police Department at (949) 497-0701.

—Bryce Alderton

Twitter: @AldertonBryce

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