Raccoon that attacked three in Westchester checks optimistic for rabies

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A raccoon that attacked three folks in Westchester has examined optimistic for rabies, in response to 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 identified to have attacked three folks — an 84-year-old girl and two males, aged 75 and 34 — earlier than the daddy of its last 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 facet of my leg. After which he began biting me.

“I stored 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 at the least three extra pictures.

Well being Commissioner Sherlita Amler warned residents to “keep alert and intently supervise kids and pets when outdoors.”

“Should you see an animal that’s appearing aggressively, keep away from it and call native police instantly,” Amler stated in an announcement.