Rabid Fox Bites Two People, Another Attacks Dog

There's a warning from two Eastern Carolina counties about rabid foxes.

In Wayne County they're alerting people after a rabid fox bit two people in the Grantham area this week. That fox had also come in contact with local family pets.

Animal Control cautions residents to stay away from raccoons, skunks, bats, stray dogs and cats, along with other wild animals that can carry rabies.

Carteret County authorities say last Friday night a rabid fox jumped a four foot fence into a Morehead City yard and attacked a dog. The homeowner killed the fox by beating it with a lead pipe.

The dog received some injuries, but was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination and received a booster shot after the attack.

This is the third case of rabies confirmed so far in Carteret County this year.


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  • by Tam Location: Off hwy 101 in Carteret Co. on Apr 28, 2010 at 07:53 PM
    Opossums are not carriers of rabies , but many other wildlife are. It is the law to keep your pets up to date on their shots.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Apr 28, 2010 at 04:25 AM
    Good reminder to take your pets to the vet for regular checkups and shots. The person was brave to kill the fox.
  • by C on Apr 28, 2010 at 03:44 AM
    Getting bitten by any animal,rabid or not,is always a possibility. It's also one reason I carry a gun. Chomping down on any of my extremities is gonna be mighty tough for a fox to accomplish with a 230 grain jacketed hollow point going through it's head.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 at 03:38 AM
    Racoon Reid,Possum Pelosi,Bat Barak.I knew something was wrong with them.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:06 AM
    i seen a fox on old river rd last week
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    Now that the movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox" has just come out on DVD, we might have a bunch of kids feeling bad for the foxes. "Don't hurt 'em, mister!"
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    j w I agree! Look at the streets you live on!
  • by j w Location: martin co on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    humans kill more of the other species than any animal on the planet! Human are the cruliest species on the planet,modivated by selfishness and greed! Human are mamals, nothing more !
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    There are way to many foxes in N.C.!The Wildlife Commission needs to open a Preditor season on them to keep the inbreeding,Diseases,and population down before they kill themselves off.I would say that to Opossums but they are stupid.Every time it rains a little bit at night they come out to feed on the little frogs that get runned over in turn commiting scavanger suicide.
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