LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A tiny dog is recovering after veterinarians say it was likely attacked by a coyote in a Long Beach backyard.

It happened at a home on East 55th Street not far from the Los Angeles River.

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“Peanut” the dog suffered several puncture wounds.

His owners say his muscles were torn and he lost some teeth in the fight.

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Peanut’s owners rushed him to an animal medical center, where doctors told them that the size and shapes of the wounds suggest a coyote was to blame.

The veterinarian also told the owner that at least one animal a day has been admitted for a coyote attack.

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As for Peanut, he’s doing well and should be able to return home possibly as early as Sunday night.