WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4)– Jordan Coleman has lived in his Westminster home for six years and had never seen a coyote. He didn’t know the threat his dog faced earlier this week.

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“To know she was out there alone, terrified, and I wasn’t there to help her. I don’t want anyone else to feel this at all. It hurts so bad,” Coleman said.

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It was around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when Coleman let his Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Dolly, out to go to the bathroom. She didn’t return.

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“I’ve never seen a coyote. I didn’t know they were around,” Coleman said. “If I would have knew that, I would have been watching her the whole time, but I had no idea because I’ve never seen that. So, I had no reason.”

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Dolly was Coleman’s mom’s dog. After she passed, he took ownership, for the past six years the two would take drives together, and get ice cream.

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Now Coleman is hoping to alert others to the dangers. He lives near 88th and Federal, and presumed he was safely in the city.

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When he contacted the City of Westminster, he realized just how prevalent coyotes are, and what he should have done to keep his pet safe.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a complete guide, including tips for scaring off or hazing coyotes.

“It can happen anywhere and I just want people to know it’s the worst feeling I’ve ever felt. It’s horrible,” Coleman said.

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