Coyotes attack, kill horse from Lapeer County Sheriff's Department

Officials say a group coyotes are to blame for the vicious attack of a Lapeer County Sheriff's Mounted Division horse named K-O Carmen.

The horse, aged 20, was feeding on a farm was apparently attacked around 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Lt. Bruce Osmon with the Lapeer County Sheriff's department says the Sheriff's department has taken many reports of missing dogs, and to no surprise, coyotes are the main suspects. 

Besides the loss for the Sheriff's department, the horse's owner is also devastated.

Kallie Meyers, the owner of the horse says it broke her heart, Carmen did not deserve to be attacked like that. 

Deputies say that the coyotes which often run in packs or 'gangs' may have saw the horse feeding alone and attack it. 

Officials say this kind of attack is uncommon in broad daylight and because it's mating season for coyotes, that is causing them to be more aggressive.

Officials want to stress that coyotes are not only a danger to animals, but people need to be very cautious as well. 

Lt. Osmon says of the threat, "if they took down a full size horse, there would be no reason they would not take me down, or a child playing in the snow." 

If you see a coyote, please report the sighting to your nearest law enforcement agency. 

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