BOSTON (WHDH) - A coyote attacked a six-pound chihuahua in South Boston Tuesday, leaving it with broken ribs and puncture wounds from the coyote’s teeth.

The owner’s daughter was walking her beloved pet, Oreo, down 8th Street when the coyote appeared, grabbed Oreo, and shook it. That is when the girl screamed and the coyote took off.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Police and Boston police responded to the scene.

“I was heartbroken actually,” said Oreo’s owner, Suhey Martinez. “He’s my baby and you hate to see your babies get hurt and not be able to do anything about it.”

Oreo’s vet bill rang in at more than $1,000.

Coyotes have been spotted in South Boston before.

However, Martinez said it never crossed her mind that in a densely populated city, the animals would be a threat.

She’s now warning other pet owners to keep their furry friends on a short leash.

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