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Encounter with rabid fox was 'scary experience' for Rolesville couple

Posted November 8, 2015

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— An active rabies alert has residents in one part of Wake County watching out for themselves and their pets.

It all started when one couple encountered an aggressive fox in Rolesville, in what they said was one of the scariest experiences of their lives.

Suzanne Dunning received a call from her neighbor Friday morning warning her that a fox had just charged at her neighbor’s husband in the garage and was headed in the direction of Dunning’s house.

Minutes later, Dunning said the fox was unyielding as she and her husband tried to avoid contact.

“It came out of nowhere. It just ran up on the porch, straight up at us,” said Dunning. “It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. I have never seen an animal that was just relentlessly just coming at you. I mean, it had no fear of us.”

Rolesville police arrived on the scene at the Wall Street subdivision. Their first line of defense was a Taser.

“It like stunned it for a moment and it got back up and it ran off the porch and came right back at him again,” said Dunning.

At that point, the officer instructed the family to get inside the house.

“He drew his weapon and fired a shot off and I think it hit the fox and it got up and charged at him again and he…had to shoot it again,” said Dunning.

Wake County’s public health division said it’s important for people to know about the incident because of the potential for exposure, especially to unvaccinated animals.

If a person comes into contact with an animal they suspect has rabies, they should contact medical professionals or a veterinarian immediately.

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  • Howard Roark Nov 9, 2015
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    Yeah, I guess it's a shame that everyone can't be as calm and collected when cornered on their porch or in their garage by a rabid animal.

  • Malakai Bluebone Nov 9, 2015
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    Certainly. When you are attacked by an animal you suspect is rabid you do everything you can to keep it from hurting other people. Even if that means getting bitten and scratched by the animal in order to get a hold of it. Animals that size can do very little damage to a person unless they allow it. I deal with foxes a lot, they are not very strong. They can't just grab someone and start biting them all over. Why run anyway? One good kick would practically kill a fox. My cats are bigger than the foxes I see and feed daily.

    The rabies vaccination itself is the worse part, you have to go to the emergency room in order to get the shots. The first series and around a dozen or so delivered into the glut, with a follow up shot in the arm on the 3rd, 7th, 14th, and 28th days after the initial bite.

  • Howard Roark Nov 9, 2015
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    Really? That's funny. Although I wouldn't consider it a "scariest moment of my life," I'd like to see how you would react to an assumed rabid animal of any size trying to bite you. Considering the average fox can outrun Usain Bolt, I'd be curious as to how you would handle it.

  • Malakai Bluebone Nov 9, 2015
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    “It came out of nowhere. It just ran up on the porch, straight up at us,” said Dunning. “It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. I have never seen an animal that was just relentlessly just coming at you. I mean, it had no fear of us.”
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/encounter-with-rabid-fox-was-scary-experience-for-rolesville-couple/15071237/#RYOixc6UjkYYBBg5.99

    I feel sorry for these people. It must be truly horrifying to have a creature the size of a Pomeranian trying to bite your ankles. I bet they will have terrible nightmares after this life changing experience. Good thing it wasn't something a little bigger like a large cat, they may not have made it.