Woman says coyote attacked her cat at Lawrenceville apartment complex

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County woman said she is scared to go outside at night after coming face-to-face with a coyote she believes attacked her cat.

Wanda Campbell said her cat, Mister, has been in bad shape after an encounter with a coyote steps from her Lawrenceville apartment.

Campbell said she heard screeching Sunday morning, and when she finally found Mister, his paw was mangled. Campbell said a veterinarian told her it will take thousands of dollars to fix the cat’s paw.

“I wish I could do that. I can’t afford that. There’s just no way,” Campbell said.

To make matters worse, Campbell said she came home Sunday night to find a coyote sitting on her porch.

“It was snarling at me and it wasn’t backing away from me until I screamed, and then it didn’t go far,” Campbell said. “I was crying by the time I got into the door over there. I couldn’t catch my breath. I was terrified.”

Campbell said her neighbor heard her screams and tried to shoot the animal, but was unsuccessful.

“If it feels threatened, I’m sure it’s not going to hesitate to bite somebody,” Campbell said.

Campbell said she is terrified for herself and her neighbors.

“There’s a coyote running around here who’s not afraid of people. There’s children here that play,” Campbell said. “I hope they’ll do something before something happens to somebody or somebody else’s pet.”

Campbell said she is trying to figure out what to do about Mister’s paw.

“I don’t want him to lose his leg. He’s a beautiful boy and he’s so loving,” Campbell said.

A veterinarian said the cat’s paw will need to be fixed or his leg amputated in the next couple of days.