Roanoke County Animal Control officers killed a coyote Thursday morning after it wandered into a body shop on July 24. Roanoke County police spokeswoman Amy Whittaker said police received a call at 11 a.m. regarding an injured coyote in the body shop of Haley Toyota of Roanoke Collision Center in the 6400 block of Merriman Road.
The Animal Control officers soon determined that the coyote was either very sick or injured. Rabies was considered a possibility. The officers removed the animal from the building, and decided to euthanize it by using a firearm, Whittaker said. They took three shots to dispatch the animal.
“Animal Control officers are occasionally faced with this difficult task in order to protect the safety of residents,” Whittaker said in an email. “It is the only means possible... there is no option by state law to relocate wild animals.” Whittaker said the incident took a total of 15 minutes.
Mitzi Martin, who is a co-owner of Cave Spring Auto Body near Haley Toyota, saw the officers put down the coyote and found the ordeal to be distressing because of how long she felt it took.