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Holly Springs lays traps for rabid animals

Posted May 29, 2008
Updated June 30, 2008

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— Local authorities said they believe they have captured all the rabid animals in an area of town, but they have set out traps just in case.

Two rabid foxes have been captured in the past week within a mile of Optimist Farm and Sunset Lake roads. Police also captured two raccoons in the area that might have been infected.

One of the foxes scratched a woman on the face on May 20.

"She had no clue what was going on. She looked up, and it jumped her," said Lt. Anthony Revels of the Holly Springs Police Department.

On Saturday, Tony Adams shot and killed another rabid fox when it attacked Xena, his rat terrier, in his yard.

"I saw the tail sticking out (from) the porch, (and) I knew exactly what it was," Adams said. "It was real aggressive."

The fox had Xena by its head and neck, and the dog gave "a scared bark, a fighting bark" for help, he said.

"I jumped up and went and got one of my guns," he said, adding that he fired three shots from a semi-automatic rifle at the fox and killed it.

Xena had not been vaccinated for rabies and had to be put down, Adams said.

"It was hard, but it was fair," he said, noting he had owned the dog for eight years.

Police have issued a phone warning to all nearby residents, and they hope the traps will prevent attacks by any other rabid animals that might still be in the area.

"The rabies virus lasts about four to six days, depending on the animal," Revels said. "If we go a week or two without having any more cases, I think we'll be good to go."

Anyone who spots an animal acting strangely is urged to call police.


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  • oldschooltarheel Jun 2, 2008

    Vaccination after contact with confirmed rabid animal is uncertain. Rat terrier would faced a protracted confinement. Rabies vaccine is essential people! If you can't afford it, contact you animal control for suggestions on low cost vaccination clinics. This is for your public health & your kids' public health, not to mention your pets' health. Honestly if you can't afford to vaccinate for rabies/distemper & either neuter or reliably confine your female animals when they are in heat - don't get a pet. Go buy a video game of a pet.

  • Alicat May 30, 2008

    How sad for Xena. That owner should have had that dog vaccinated. If he has kids I hope they have been immunized!! Hope the officials catch all the rabid animals. Pet owners be responsible and get that rabies vaccine. It is good for 2 years

  • Reader May 30, 2008

    We know this family and they are not typical wealthy suburban Holly Springs residents, but long-time locals who used to live in the country. Rabies vaccine is pretty inexpensive, but it's still a vet bill every year.

  • Scubagirl May 30, 2008

    Hate the guy had to put his own dog down after the fox bite but why!!! was he not vaccinated. To me that is worse than not having animal spayed/neutered. People need to be responsible pet owners, that should solve some problems.