An off duty cop is being hailed a hero after he saved a small child from a coyote attack. It started when coyote attacked 5-year-old Natalia Petrellese and her 3-year-old brother in a park in Thornwood, New York. The mother of the girl said the Coyote came out of no where and sprinted at her daughter. The mother started fighting it off and started screaming.
“I’m telling you it was like a cheetah,” she said. “I took my foot and I kicked him as hard as I could in his face, which knocked him to the ground and he stumbled a little. When he got up he swung over to my daughter’s side and bit her arm.”
According to NBC 4 New York, Off Duty cop Arcangelo Liberatore was at the park with his wife and kids when he spotted the coyote lurking nearby. He and his wife started to leave and were putting their own children into their car when they heard screaming. That is when he leaped into action.
“I though it had her by the back of her neck,” King-Petrellese said. “At this point I just took it as an out, I pressed it into the grass and just repeatedly punched it in the face. And that’s when the gentleman hopped onto the coyote, pinned him down and said, ‘Get out of here, get out of here.'”
“I just sat and tried to squeeze the life out of it, but it was pretty resilient,” he said.
Liberatore sat on the animal until Mount Pleasant police arrived at the scene and dispatched it.
The coyote was sent away to be tested for rabies.
According to the New York Post, the test came back positive. The injuries could pass the disease to the three — but they all got rabies shots within a hours after the attack and will now get three more, over a two-week period, to prevent contracting the virus, according to the cop and the girl’s mother,Kasey King-Petrellese.
“As a mother, you’re always concerned about things like this. But the nurse tells us we won’t develop rabies if we get the rest of the shots, so that’s a good thing,” said King-Petrellese.
Coyotes are becoming more and more numerous and are adapting very well to urban environments. Parents need to keep a close eye on their children. If the mother and off duty cop did not intervene thing would have been a whole lot worse.