Rabies warning after coyote attacks

June 17, 2008 4:48:35 PM PDT
A suburban New York health department says a coyote showed unusual aggression in a vicious attack on two dogs and may be carrying rabies. The Westchester County Department of Health has issued a rabies alert, warning residents to report any contact with the coyote and to protect children and pets.

A woman in Cortlandt Manor reported Monday that on June 7 the coyote killed a dachshund and injured an 80-pound German shepherd mix behind her home. The coyote returned for the dachshund's carcass despite being yelled at.

The coyote's aggression and lack of fear of humans could mean it is rabid.

The German shepherd's owner is being treated for rabies as a precaution because she handled the injured dog.

Rabies can be fatal in humans if left untreated.