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Rabid fox attacks neighbors, pets in Southern Pines

Posted June 30

— A rabid fox, seen roaming through a neighborhood in Southern Pines on Tuesday, bit two people, including a 91-year-old man.

"I was out walking my dog and the fox attacked the dog," said Robert Reed.

Reed, 91, said he will never forget his frightful encounter with the fox near his home on Roundabout Court.

"I grabbed the fox and tried to get it loose and it bit me," he said. "And the other people were out, and she got bit by the fox too, on the leg."

Stephanie Frasier, 74, and her dog were also bit.

After hearing screaming, Bill Haase said he ran to his door and saw the fox attacking Reed.

"So, I got a .22 rifle and went out there to the street and saw the thing was hanging off of Bob's hand," Haase said.

Haase used the butt of his rifle to knock the animal off his friend, and the animal darted under a nearby car.

"The police came out and waited around and finally the fox came out from underneath the car, and they shot him," Haase said.

Animal Control is now warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious animals.

The fox was sent to be tested for rabies. The test came back positive.

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