When State Police were called to check on an injured dog in Revere Sunday night, it turned out to be a baby coyote.
Trooper Carlo Mastromattei responded to the call and found the frightened pup on Revere Beach Parkway near Suffolk Downs.
“The pup’s mother was nowhere in sight,” State Police wrote in a Facebook post. “Realizing the danger the pup was in on the busy parkway, Trooper Mastromattei contacted environmental, wildlife, and local animal control officials, but no one was available to assist.”
But Mastromattei had a backup plan. He called Lisa Cutting, the owner of Oceanview Kennel in Revere, and she helped him secure the pup in a crate, police said.
Once the coyote was safely in the crate, Mastromattei took the pup to his girlfriend AnnBeth’s house, and the pup stayed there in the crate overnight. The next day, the pup was taken to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in North Grafton, where he was examined and found to be healthy.
“The little guy is going to be transferred to the care of a wildlife specialist in the Berkshires, who will rehabilitate him and acclimate him to life in the wild, where he will eventually be released to live out his life,” State Police wrote.
State Police also thanked Mastromattei, his girlfriend, Oceanview Kennel, and Tufts Wildlife Clinic “for their compassionate care for this beautiful little creature.”