Rockland Officer Bitten by Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) -

A Rockland County animal control officer bitten on the leg by a raccoon near Maple Avenue on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies.

Pat Coleman was being treated with a series of vaccinations and is doing fine. Coleman, who works for the Clarkstown police department, has been an animal control officer for over three decades.

Police say the raccoon lunged at her in the parking lot of the police station. She captured the creature with a noose attached to her dog pole.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Ruppert says rabies continues to be a serious public health problem.