Coyote Attacks Woman Walking Dog in Rockland County

Coyote Attacks Dog

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014  |  Updated 5:52 AM EDT
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Coyote Attacks Woman Walking Dog in Rockland County

A woman says she was attacked by a coyote while walking her dog in Rockland County Tuesday morning. 

The 52-year-old woman was walking her dog on Greywood Drive in Orangeburg at about 7 a.m. when she said a coyote approached and attacked her, biting her on the leg.

The woman took off her jacket during the attack and used it to try to shield herself against the coyote. She then ran to a neighbor's home for refuge.

The coyote ran into a backyard, where it was shot and killed by an Orangetown police officer, authorities say. 

The woman told police the coyote appeared to be more focused on attacking her, not her dog. The dog was not hurt. 

Rockland paramedics treated the woman for the puncture wound she sustained in the attack, and she was taken to Nyack Hospital. 

Orangetown Animal Control responded and removed the coyote. It will be sent to the State Police Lab in Albany for rabies testing. 

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