Raccoon rampage in North Jersey: Seniors and kids attacked
UPDATE: Police on Sept. 26 said that the raccoon had tested positive for rabies.
MAYWOOD — A raccoon attacked two men and chased a group of kids in this Bergen County borough before animal control officers were able to capture the critter on Thursday afternoon.
Police sent a message about a possibly rabid raccoon around 2:45 p.m. after the raccoon attacked Roy Demai, 82, in his backyard.
Demai showed ABC 7 Eyewitness News injuries to his finger, arm, leg and back.
Police Sgt. Matt Parodi told ABC 7 Eyewitness News that as the raccoon later tried to climb in the window of a house, officers used an electrical weapon, which didn't work. In another backyard, officers fired three shots at it but missed. It went onto attack a 72-year-old man.
Cape May County is gearing up to distribute thousands of rabies vaccine baits by hand and by helicopter later this month after a horse, skunk and bat were diagnosed with rabies.
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