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Coyote That Attacked Simi Boys Not Rabid

June 09, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

A coyote that attacked several Simi Valley children Sunday did not have rabies, authorities said Tuesday.

Officials at Ventura County's Department of Animal Regulation based their findings on two tests on the animal's brain, one performed Monday and a second Tuesday.

The 45-pound, 8-month-old coyote attacked four boys in Simi Valley about 7 p.m. Sunday. The last boy injured, 3-year-old Weston Field, required 13 stitches in his face and head.

Three of the boys began rabies shots after the attacks, but those can be discontinued, animal regulation chief Kathy Jenks said Tuesday.

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