Boston veterinarian challenged by coyote attacks
Member name Louise Danylevich
Company Hillside Veterinary Clinic
Was work done? Yes
Hire again? Yes
Approximate cost $60
Description of work "My cat was last into this vet for a routine visit. He also got the standard feline shots."
Member comments "Dr. [Kenneth] Deltoro is the vet who I particularly like at Hillside Veterinary Clinic. I also like the fact that they see your pet if there's an emergency or if your animal is sick. They're accommodating and nice. If coyotes hadn't just eaten my cat, I would continue to use this vet to treat him because they're so good. They're very caring, and if I decide to take the risk and get another dog or cat in the future, I'd most definitely send them to this vet."
Danylevich, who's from Worcester, says you can hear the coyotes killing other animals in the summer. "It's horrible," she says. "Three coyotes came right to my back door." "Fritzi was my husband, Alec's beloved cat," Danylevich says. "Alec would write him postcards when we traveled. Fritzi was so sweet, curious and timid. He was also the only cat we've had that ever got stuck in a tree. We had to call the firehouse to get him down. Eventually, we taught him how to climb down himself." While coyotes were most likely the culprit in Fritzi's death, fishers, which look like overgrown weasels and weigh between 4 and 15 pounds, are also known to roam the area. Unlike the coyote, they can climb trees to catch their prey. Rather than getting another cat to replace Fritzi, Danylevich says she cat-sits for her daughter. She's also become a foster mom to kittens for the local rescue league. "I get them when they're about 3 pounds," says Danylevich, who doesn't let them outside for fear of the coyotes who might be in search of a snack. "I feed the kittens, pet them and give them a lot of attention. They're feral, so my job is to get them used to being around humans so they can be adopted." Fritzi was allowed to go outside once a day for an hour, Danylevich says. "I thought he'd be safe since he was timid, but I was wrong. Coyotes also ate Sammy, my carmel and white colored cat, and Mozart, my dog. They say coyotes don't attack people, but I don't take walks after dark, and when I drive into my garage, I shut the door immediately."