DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Pet owners in North Texas who are concerned about coyote attacks are buying into a new item they feel could help protect their four-legged family members.
It looks like something out of a combat zone. “It’s war armor. That’s what we’ve been calling it,” said Ian Moore, who lives in Oak Cliff.
Moore decided to fork out the cash for a “CoyoteVest.” He is concerned about coyotes and other big dogs when he walks his dachshund/terrier mix Noodle. The material is stab-resistant Kevlar. The spikes around the collar are to help prevent the usually fatal neck bite.
“She’s still getting used to it. We tell her she looks great and we hope she takes that to heart,” said Moore.
Creators Pamela and Paul Mott, who live in San Diego, developed the vest after one of their dogs was attacked and killed by a coyote during a walk. “I couldn’t find it, I wanted it, so I just started coming up with my own ideas,” said Paul Mott.
The base models sell for $70. Buyers can add more spikes or “coyote whiskers” for extra protection.
“If the coyote sneaks behind me or jumps out of a bush, I’ve got some time to do something about it,” said Paul Mott.
Moore said he realized no, one item can keep his pooch 100 percent protected, but the vest makes him feel better about grabbing the leash for a walk. “At least you know you’ll have reaction time. Even just a couple seconds,” said Moore.
Since starting in November of 2015, CoyoteVest has sold about 1,000 units.
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