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Rabid fox found in Cary

Posted December 30, 2010

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— The Town of Cary has reported its first case of rabies this year, animal control officials said Thursday.

On Tuesday, a homeowner in the 300 block of Vintage Hill Circle contacted Cary Animal Control to report that two dogs had chased a fox under his deck.

Police responded and transported the dead fox for testing at the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. The town was notified Thursday that the fox was infected with the rabies virus.

While the dogs didn’t appear to be injured, officials are checking their vaccination status and taking any necessary precautions, officials said.

The last reported case of rabies in Cary was in September 2009.

If you see a potentially rabid animal

Whenever a person is bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water, and contact their physician or county health department immediately.

Animal control officials urge the following:

  • Avoid interactions with wildlife.
  • Be sure pets are current with rabies vaccinations.
  • Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
  • If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
  • Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
  • If your pet comes in contact with wildlife, contact your veterinarian immediately.


To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 212-PETS (7387)
  • In Cary, call 319-4517
  • In Garner, call 772-8896
  • In Holly Springs, call 557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 831-6311
  • In Cumberland County, call 910-321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.

More information on rabies can be found online through the N.C. Division of Public Health.

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  • RM24 Jan 5, 2011

    Oh no. Foxes! How does this make news? Really?

  • IzzMad2016 Dec 31, 2010

    "Until you've lived in Cary for a while, then move elsewhere, you don't understand."

    I've lived in Cary for 17 years and like it very much. I lived elsewhere before and liked it very much. Life anywhere is what a person makes it -- Cary isn't perfect but 100K + people like it just fine. I've never bashed another community on GoLo..ever and it's ridiculous, petty and immature for people to bust on Cary like they do.

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    csmcc99 - "I also live in Cary and get tired, tired, tired of the ridiculous and hateful comments in any and all stories with Cary in the headline."

    Until you've lived in Cary for a while, then move elsewhere, you don't understand.

    I lived there for years until the rules and regulations there drove me out.

    Now I live in Angier, and I can't imagine ever wanting to live anywhere else, nor can I ever imagine wanting to move back to rule annal Cary again.

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    "Just wanted everyone to know that I saw a VERY LARGE FOX over in Twin Lakes where Airport Blvd. runs perpendicular to Davis Drive. I thought it was a dog at first but when I got closer (in my car) I realized it was in fact a fox. It was the biggest one I have ever seen, just slightly smaller than a full grown German Shepard. Not the first time I've seen them around there but this one just stood out because of it's size. sjstruna"

    Oy!!!

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was a coyote. There are dozens of them out at the airport, so you can be sure there are coyotes all over NC. They're just shy, and you rarely see them, but they're there.

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    I pray their dogs' vaccinations are current. I hate to see anyone lose their pets.

    As for Cary, foxes have huge territories, so this animal could have come in from any of the surrounding counties. Same for coyotes which are more seen than one would think.

    One can never be sure where these animals are or where they will travel, so it's best to have your animal's shots up to date at all times.

  • IzzMad2016 Dec 31, 2010

    csmcc99 -- I also live in Cary and get tired, tired, tired of the ridiculous and hateful comments in any and all stories with Cary in the headline. Until you mentioned it I'd never consider the advertising angle -- makes sense -- no wonder WRAL never misses a chance to post any old article they can even though they know the town will get pummeled all day. Nice.

  • brandonfwatts Dec 31, 2010

    Thats not even really Cary... Im sure it walked from Garner... Cary doesnt have rabies

  • csmac99 Dec 31, 2010

    "How odd that someone would consider rabies "funny" anywhere, anytime". Any headline with Cary in it is guaranteed a larger number of hits for WRAL and it's advertisers. If this had happened in any other town, it would have been pulled from the visible stories by now. Since it's Cary, they know that the comments section will be gold for them. Full disclosure - I live in Cary.

  • Stand-In-The-Door Dec 31, 2010

    Quick. Cary must eradicate all wild Canids from within their boundaries. God forbid we leave any wildlife for our future generations to enjoy.

  • brandonfwatts Dec 31, 2010

    Ahhh Watch out for zombies!
    1. Cardio
    2. The Double Tap
    3. Beware of Bathrooms
    4. Wear Seat Belts

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