Coyotes Attack Girl, 6, In Front Yard Of Westchester Home

06/27/2010 02:40 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

RYE, N.Y. — Police say a 6-year-old girl was scratched and bitten by a pair of coyotes who charged her as she played with friends in the front yard of her suburban New York City home.

The girl was treated and released from the hospital. She had bites on her shoulder, thigh and possibly on one ear. Her back had been scratched. The attack happened shortly at around 9:15 p.m on Friday night.

Police in the Westchester County city of Rye, about 30 miles northeast of Manhattan, said Saturday that they were searching for the coyotes.

Police Commissioner William Connors says they believe the animals may be rabid, given that coyotes rarely attack humans.

Connors didn't identify the girl or say where she lived. He says the girl's mother scared off the pair of coyotes.

In April, a toy poodle was attacked and killed in Rye, according to The New York Post. Judith Sheer took her dog Cleopatra outside at night, then heard a loud "scream."

"I pulled her leash back and all that came back was her dog tags."

The heartbroken woman frantically searched for her beloved 10-year-old pooch with a flashlight, but couldn't find her.

Sheer then called the police who eventually found her dog. "They came back and told me, 'Ma'am your dog is dead.' "


Information from: The Journal News,