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LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police Friday were warning Laguna Beach pet owners to keep their pets indoors at night after small dogs were attacked by coyotes on two separate occasions.

A woman last saw her two Yorkshire Terriers when she went to bed on July 18. The dogs were reportedly snatched from her backyard in the 3100 block of Bern Drive, officials said.

Early in the morning on July 25, a man let his Yorkie into his backyard in the 2700 block of Temple Hills Drive. When he went to check on the dog, it was missing, according to police.

Authorities said there was evidence in both cases that suggested coyotes took the dogs.

Small dogs are particularly vulnerable, but all pet owners who live in the hillside neighborhoods are encouraged to be especially mindful of the wildfire roaming in the area.

Animal Services officers are investigating the incidents and are working to capture the coyotes.

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