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Aggressive fox attacks woman, bites landscaping employee in east Raleigh

Posted July 6

— Police on Wednesday warned residents in an east Raleigh neighborhood of an aggressive fox after it bit two people.

Humane officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Beacon Valley Drive in response to the first fox bite. Carol Ritchie, 65, was bitten twice on her right foot, and once on her left.

"I was bleeding profusely from both feet and I rinsed it off. Threw some peroxide on it," she said.

Ritchie was taken to WakeMed where she received a tetanus shot, rabies shot and stitches.

Animal Control set up traps to try to capture the animal.

About an hour later, Wake County Animal Control officers were dispatched to Taylor's Nursery, a landscaping business behind Ritchie's home, in reference to a second bite.

An aggressive fox had bitten an employee's boot, but did not puncture the skin.

Police said people should not approach animals they do not know and should make sure all pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

Ritchie said after the attack, she gave up her three large dogs because she was not able to care for them, and she worried for their safety.

"No matter what your heart tells you, that you should, 'Oh, I feel bad for this poor stray animal, let me put some food out,' please don't," she said. "They will get by. They're wild."

Anyone who has concerns about an aggressive animal should call 919-831-6311.


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  • Quid Malmborg Jul 6, 7:09 p.m.
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    The Crack Fox strikes again...


  • Scott Spaine Jul 6, 6:06 p.m.
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    Does anyone edit work at your station? "Bits landscaping employee..." is bits like saying tooken???

  • Jamie Aycock Jul 6, 2:12 p.m.
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    Does anyone know what it said?

  • Quid Malmborg Jul 6, 9:42 a.m.
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    An aggressive fox bit me once. We nearly got engaged. The biting and clawing were fun while they lasted.