GALVESTON, Texas -

Galveston police have a warning for people with pets on the island after a family reported their dog was killed by what they believe was a coyote.

According to the family, they let their dog outside. When they returned their dog was gone.

The family said a search for their dog turned up blood and the dog's collar.

The family said they have seen and heard coyotes around their property.

According to Galveston police, there is a large coyote population on the island.