A raccoon that attacked three folks in Westchester has examined constructive for rabies, in accordance with authorities.
“#RABIES ALERT,” the Westchester County Division of Well being warned on social media because it confirmed it “has been confirmed rabid” and anybody bitten wanted to be assessed “for lifesaving remedy.”
Well being officers additionally began making robocalls within the Port Chester space on Wednesday to warn of the doubtless lethal interactions of the beast that was lastly killed on Sunday.
It’s recognized to have attacked three folks — an 84-year-old lady and two males, aged 75 and 34 — earlier than the daddy of its closing sufferer killed it with a shovel, the division stated.
All three are receiving preventive rabies remedy.
Sufferer Frank Maida, 75, stated he was gardening when he heard a “squeal” behind him.
“I circled, and it was this raccoon,” he advised ABC 7, exhibiting off nasty wounds on his left leg.
“He began going for me, and I stated, ‘Get away from me. Get away from me.’ So he dug his claws proper right here into the aspect of my leg. After which he began biting me.
“I saved kicking him. He wouldn’t depart me alone.”
He stated he wanted pictures on each arms in addition to “eight or 9 pictures in my leg” — and nonetheless wants to return to a hospital for a minimum of three extra pictures.
Well being Commissioner Sherlita Amler warned residents to “keep alert and intently supervise youngsters and pets when outdoors.”
“For those who see an animal that’s appearing aggressively, steer clear of it and phone native police instantly,” Amler stated in an announcement.