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Heroic Off-Duty Police Officer Rescues 5-Year-Old From Potentially Rabid Coyote

May 01, 2018

5-year-old Natalia Petrellese was enjoying her day at the James M. Carroll Park in Mount Pleasant, New York, with her mother, Kasey King-Petrellese, when she was attacked by a coyote. The animal charged at her and began biting her.

Kasey tried to fight the coyote off, but it would not give up. Things were not looking good, until an Irvington Police office, Arcangelo Liberatore, stepped in and fought back. Arcangelo was able to free Natalia from the clutches of the coyote, and pinned it to the ground, waiting for animal control and police to arrive.


Kasey and Natalia were taken to a local hospital where they were both received rabies shots. Natalia was also given stitches and antibiotics, but she is expected to make a full recovery. Kasey’s three-year-old son was also with them at the park, but he was completely unharmed.

In March, public parks in Yonker were closed down after a coyote went on a rampage and bit a mail carrier, police officer, and six other residents. A coyote also killed a small Yorkshire Terrier in the area. A police officer was able to fatally shoot a coyote, and it tested positive for rabies.


Authorities fear that the coyote that attacked Kasey was rabid as well, but that has not yet been confirmed or denied. Whatever caused this coyote to brazenly attack a child in a busy park during the day, something was surely not right.

Rabies is fatal in 99.9% of cases if left untreated, and it a truly dangerous infection. It is spread through bites, and it is typically carried in wild animals, particularly bats. It seems that rabies has been making a small resurgence, as a puppy in Colorado was recently discovered to be infected with the deadly disease as well.

Please pray for the Kasey and Natalia as they are now forced to undergo a series of painful shots in order to prevent rabies from spreading to them in case the coyote was in fact rabid.


This is a horrible story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world at a time like this, so be sure to check out the video below!