WESTLAKE, Ohio - Johnny Boy isn't a cat, but he has nine lives. Well, at least three.
The 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was once rescued from being euthanized. Then, three months ago, he was attacked by two coyotes in his backyard in Westlake.
Last week Johnny Boy, who was named after Tony Soprano's father, was attacked again by a coyote.
"I know that coyotes normally eat small rodents, rabbits. But now they're going after my Johnny Boy and enough is enough," said Patricia Wilde, the dog's owner.
Johnny Boy was out racing around the yard playing with his ball Tuesday. But the first time he was attacked, he had to be treated by a veterinarian.
Westlake Police Captain Guy Turner said a pack of coyotes lives near the water treatment plant on Clague Road.
"Just create your yard as an environment that's not inviting to them," he said. "Keep your lids on the garbage can. Don't scatter food on the ground for the birds. If you're going to feed the birds, get a bird feeder."
Turner said pet owners should also keep their shrubs trimmed and go outside with their pets.
Wilde keeps a flashlight and whistle nearby when she's outside with Johnny Boy. She hopes other pet owners and parents will also be on their guard against the coyotes.
"Just be aware that they are here and if you have small children or if you have small animals, cats, small dogs, they'll go after them and they do."
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