Coyote tests positive for rabies after biting Thornwood girl

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The coyote that bit a 5-year-old Thornwood girl tested positive for rabies, News 12 has learned.

Police say the animal bit Natalia Petrellese on the playground at Carroll Park on Kensico Road Sunday. Off-duty Irvington police officer Arcangelo Liberatore was at the park and was able to subdue the animal until police arrived. Authorities on the scene shot and killed the coyote.

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Petrellese says the animal ran toward her and bit her so hard that it made a hole in her jacket.

All three are all being treated for rabies as a precaution.

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