Chihuahua Owner Fends off Coyotes

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    A 12-year-old Chihuahua proved to be tough as nails Thursday when he survived an attack by not one, but two coyotes outside his Antioch home. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Friday, Nov 2, 2012)

    He's fighting diabetes, battled a brain tumor and his near-blindness sent him swimming in the family's indoor pool last month, but 12-year-old Tucker the chihuahua apparently has nine lives.

    "He survived that and now he's survived coyotes," said Tucker's owner, Dawn McCarty. "He's a trooper!"

    Early Thursday morning, McCarty said she was getting the newspaper from the front of her Antioch home when she heard Tucker yelping from the backyard.

    When she investigated, she a coyote with Tucker's little leg in its mouth. She sprang into action, swatting at the larger animals -- she described them as being larger than German Shepherds -- with her newspaper.

    Tucker received cuts to his leg but after a check by the veterinarian is expected to be OK.

    "If he wasn't on a leash, he would have been gone. I think the leash saved him," said McCarty.

    The attack is among several that have been reported in the Chicago area in recent months.