Mother of two-year-old girl who was attacked by a coyote in April files lawsuit against city of Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — A family day out at the Huntington Beach Pier last April became a nightmare for Breanne Thacker and her two young children. The three were at the beach when Thacker’s two-year-old daughter was playing in the sand when she was attacked by a coyote.

“Essentially, the coyote ran up and ripped open the girl’s face, leaving deep wounds and now scarring on her face,” said Sam Soleimany, Thacker’s attorney.

Thacker has filed a lawsuit against the city of Huntington Beach and other entities. The claim alleges the city has failed to respond to the threat to public safety posed by the increasing coyote population, despite numerous sightings and incidents involving the animal prior to the attack.

“What the city could have done differently in this case was to follow the portions of its plan to form turbidity teams to reduce the risk of coyote incursion,” Soleimany said. “It doesn’t appear that they actually did that, and based on the new plan, they appear to have jettisoned it as an option.”

As part of the City of Huntington Beach’s 2022 Coyote Management Plan, the city is providing advice to residents on intimidation tactics to protect themselves and their animals.

In response to Eyewitness News’ request for comment, the City of Huntington Beach sent a statement: “The City of Huntington Beach is not in a position to comment on any legal matter, but will wait upon receipt of the filed lawsuit related to the dated incident Confirm April 28, 2022.”

Thacker’s attorney said the toddler was healed but left scars, both physical and emotional, from the attack.

“She’s panicking now at the sight of most of the dogs,” Soleimany said.

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