Incredible moment Yorkshire terrier saves 10-year-old owner from coyote

A brave dog protected her young owner from a vicious attack when a wild coyote came chasing after them in a park.

Lily Kwan, 10, was walking her Yorkshire terrier Macy on a leash in the neighbourhood of Scarborough, Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday (July 20) when the dangerous creature appeared.

A home security video shows the girl running on to a road and Macy, a petite-sized pooch, turning around to confront the animal on a pavement.

Lily screams for help while watching Macy barking loudly and defending her from the coyote.

At one point Macy falls on the lawn and the animal sinks its teeth onto the canine.

The girl knocks on a neighbour's door and is eventually let inside before the coyote eventually stops attacking the pooch and walks away.

The little Terrier was taken to a local vet and remained in the ICU after having surgery to treat multiple puncture wounds from the wild animal.

"She's a super brave dog; I love her so much, and I just thought this tiny dog could protect this huge human being, trying to fight off this huge coyote," the 10-year-old told ABC7.

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There are warning signs in the neighbourhood that remind residents of wild coyote sightings but Lily's mum, Dorothy, was shocked that the animal casually walked around in broad daylight.

She said: "I would never guess that a coyote, you know, would come out during the day, and especially with someone screaming and yelling it still was not fazed.

"It just kept coming after her and our dog, you know, despite all the yelling. It was quite aggressive."

Dorothy also set up a GoFundMe page to fundraise for Macy's medical bill.

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She wrote on the appeal: "She received extensive injuries to her body and leg. She is undergoing surgery for her wounds at the emergency animal hospital.

"My heart is breaking for both my little one and our dog whom we rescued five years ago.

"I have called animal services and 311 about this attack and they basically told me their hands are tied. All they can do is 'educate' homeowners."

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