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Coyotes chasing pet dogs break door of house

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. -- A pack of coyotes chasing after a suburban Chicago man's dogs leapt over a fence and raced up to the home, but didn't stop there.

In an especially brazen attack, they broke glass panels on a door while trying to get inside the man's house on Friday.

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Roger Nelson of Riverside says even after he rushed his dogs inside, the four coyotes were snarling, bearing their teeth and clawing at the door.

He fired a high-powered BB gun, striking two of them and scaring them away.

Riverside Police Sgt. William Gutschick says he's been a police officer for 25 years and had never before heard of coyotes trying to get into a home while chasing pets.

None of the dogs was hurt.

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