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Off-duty police officer rescues 5-year-old from coyote attack on playground



MOUNT ANGENEHM, N.Y. – A duty-free police officer is credited with helping a mother rescue her daughter from an aggressive coyote in a suburb of New York on Sunday. The incident is the latest in a series of coyote attacks in Westchester County, reports CBS New York.

Kasey King Petrellese and 5-year-old Natalia Petrellese were in James M. Carroll Park when the animal attacked the girl and began to bite her. Kasey fought the coyote, but the animal did not want to give in.

At that moment, the policeman Arcangelo Liberatore of Irvington stepped in and wrestled the girl from the coyote and tied it until the animal control or the police arrived.

Mother and Mother The daughter was later treated at a local hospital where the girl was given rabies, stings and antibiotics. King Petrellese's 3-year-old son was also in the park, but was unhurt.

There have been several more coyote attacks in the area in recent weeks. In March, several public parks in Yonkers were closed after a coyote had bitten eight residents including a police officer and a mail carrier, and killed a Yorkshire Terrier. A coyote was fatally shot by the police and later tested positive for rabies.

Authorities have asked residents to make arrangements and report any contact with coyotes to the police.

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