A sheepdog is making a recovery after fending off a pack of coyotes. Farmer John Wierwiller’s dog Casper sprang to action as the hounds attacked his flock of sheep.
The 20-month-old Great Pyrenees from Decatur, Georgia, saw off the pack who were threatening Mr Wierwiller’s sheep.
In a melee that lasted more than half an hour, Casper killed eight coyotes.
However, the dog suffered major injuries, with skin and part of his tail left hanging off.
After the battle, the dog scampered away, returning home two days later to Mr Wierwiller’s shock.
When his pet returned home bloodied and injured, Mr Wierwiller told Atlanta’s WAGA-TV he knew the dog needed medical attention.
“We knew he was hurt because we found parts of his tail and blood and other things, so we were worried”, the farmer said.
“He was kinda looking at me like, ‘Boss, stop looking at how bad I look, just take care of me.”
He then put out a call on social media for help with Casper’s veterinarian bills, answered by the LifeLine Animal Project, an organisation with a mission to end the euthanasia of healthy animals.
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The group launched a GoFundMe to cover the $15,000 hospital bill, and had already exceeded its goal.
LifeLine Animal Project said all remaining funds will be used to help save future animal lives.
State news outlet GPB said in August 2020 that there are around a quarter of million coyotes in Georgia.
According to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, coyotes may be taken during any small or big game season with the appropriate lawful weapons.
Hunter orange is required and no night hunting or baiting is allowed. Electronic calls may be used.