Coyote that attacked woman walking dog in Rockland County had rabies

Anthony Johnson reports on woman who was attacked by a coyote in Rockland County.
March 27, 2014 4:57:29 AM PDT
Authorities in Rockland County say the coyote that attacked a woman walking her dog in Orangeburg Tuesday morning has tested positive for rabies.

52-year old Mary Lou Gardner told police that she was attacked by the 40 to 50 pound coyote just before 7 a.m. and suffered a puncture wound on her leg. The animal then went after her dog, Jasmine.

The coyote ran into a backyard after the woman was able to shield it off of her using her jacket. Neighbors also made noise to scary away the animal, which was shot and kliled by a police officer.

The Rockland County Health Department revealed the positive rabies test, and advised anyone who believes they may have come into contact with the coyote to contact their physician.

Additionally, if you own a pet that you feel could have come into contact with this animal, you should contact your veterinarian.

The woman was transported to Nyack Hospital with her injuries.