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Coyote Kills 'Sam' in Silver Lake

The remains of Julie Rasmussen's alley cat are discovered early Friday near Benton and Berkeley.

Silver Lake resident Julie Rasmussen was in tears all day Friday.

She had just discovered the bloody remains of her cat Sam not far from her home near Benton Way and Berkeley Street.

Sam was named after Andy Warhol's cat. An alley cat, he lived outside with three other cats.

Julie had been feeding him and his contemporaries since they were babies.

Sam isn't the only cat Julie has lost to the coyotes. One of what she calls her "real" kitties--ones that live with her in her house--was taken down last year by a coyote too.

Now Julie's wondering if she should have brought Sam and his group inside to live.

Julie says she's devastated. She wants other locals to know that the coyotes are about and to warn them to keep their animals indoors at night.

She says that Animal Services will only come out and catch a coyote if it's been aggressive toward humans, so there isn't too much else to do.

Animal Services does track coyote sightings, however. You can call (888) 452-7381 to make a report.

ArleneG April 02, 2013 at 06:17 AM
we had coyote attacks here in Atwater Village earlier this year. Three of my outside feral cats were killed. It was devastating
Canis Latrans April 02, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Sorry. I was hungry and couldn't find a decent burrito.
Peter B April 05, 2013 at 03:55 AM
all cats should be indoors- coyotes are only one of the many dangers they face being outdoors- talk to your local rescues = they all won't adopt to those who let them out- kids torture cats- people sell them to research and they face many abscess and other diseases including many worms and leukemia- its illegal in many cities to let cats out too - it seems cruel but unless they are totally protected and definitely indoors at night - keep them in- they will adjust to it- sorry for their lost lives

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