Rabid raccoon killed after attacking 3 in Westchester

Kimberly Dole
September 11, 2019 - 10:52 am



NEW YORK (1010WINS) -- A rabid raccoon attacked three people in Westchester County, health officials announced on Tuesday.

The raccoon first attacked an 84-year-old woman at the corner of Halstead and Madison avenues, and then bit a 75-year-old man on Halstead Avenue a short time later.

In the backyard of a home on Willett Avenue, the raccoon attacked a 33-year-old man.

Officials say the man’s father killed the raccoon with a shovel and contacted the Port Chester Police Department.

“Stay alert and closely supervise children and pets when outside,” Commissioner Sherlita Amler said in a statement. “If you see an animal that is acting aggressively, stay away from it and contact local police immediately.”

The animal’s remains tested positive for rabies.

All three victims are receiving rabies treatment the health department said.

Officials warn residents to stay away from any stray or wild animal that appears to be acting aggressively or strangely and report any physical contact with a wild animal.

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