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Two women, dog bitten by foxes in northwest Raleigh

Posted July 27, 2011

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— Two women and a dog were bitten by foxes this week in a northwest Raleigh neighborhood near Crabtree Valley Mall, prompting Raleigh police to urge residents to stay away from wild animals and have all pets vaccinated for rabies.

On Monday, a 48-year-old woman reported being bitten near her home on Brookhaven Drive. The next day, a 90-year-old woman and her dog were bitten on Wildwood Street.

Animal control caught a fox in the area that tested positive for rabies.

In Cumberland County, health officials issued a similar alert after a dead fox was found on the corner of Forsythe Street and Purdue Drive in Fayetteville. A fox recently attacked a group of dogs in the area. It is unknown if the fox that was found had rabies. 

Police offered these tips to prevent animal attacks:

  • Do not leave food or trash 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.
  • Report any animals that are behaving unusually to authorities immediately.
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  • fayncmike Aug 1, 2011

    "to fayncmike: I don't need a permit if my weapon isn't concealed. You use mace, or run away, or say "nice fox, please don't attack me". I will shoot it dead. .357 hollow point. 6 shots."

    Thank you for proving my point. Gun possession needs to be WAY more closely monitored. To my mind, your comments would result in my revoking your PRIVILEGE to carry a gun, openly or concealed.

  • as400_guru Jul 28, 2011

    to fayncmike: I don't need a permit if my weapon isn't concealed. You use mace, or run away, or say "nice fox, please don't attack me". I will shoot it dead. .357 hollow point. 6 shots.

  • Southern Girl Jul 28, 2011

    OK - I have thought for a long time that Animal Control should be contacted, but turning in your neighbors is very hard; however, there are more neighbors that DON'T feed the animals, and they need to be protected. I will turn them in. I know it is the right thing to do. Thank you.

  • jsok123 Jul 28, 2011

    I saw a Fox today. At Barnes & Nobles book store. She wasn't rabid. But she was cute.

  • Citizens Arrayest Jul 28, 2011

    I aint too worried about no foxes

  • Makami Jul 28, 2011

    @ fanyncmike...I was recently told by police that having pepper spray is not illegal in this state but using it is...go figure!!!

  • fayncmike Jul 28, 2011

    "You will never see a Fox that doesn't want to be seen. Except when they are Rabid -- then they don't care and will show up in public. So, if you see a Fox, in the city, you should automatically asume it is Rabid and stay away from it. Iworkforaliving; Isn't Pepper spray illegal in this state ?? Just Asking.
    bowslinger70"

    There used to be a couple of foxes and a skunk that came to our old house. They all loved dry dog food. We do not automatically kill every wild critter we see.

  • bowslinger70 Jul 28, 2011

    You will never see a Fox that doesn't want to be seen. Except when they are Rabid -- then they don't care and will show up in public. So, if you see a Fox, in the city, you should automatically asume it is Rabid and stay away from it.
    Iworkforaliving; Isn't Pepper spray illegal in this state ?? Just Asking.

  • fayncmike Jul 28, 2011

    "The police left off the best one: Carry a weapon and when you see a fox, shoot to kill before it bites you."

    Yet another testimony as to why carry permits need to be VERY limited and the holders VERY WELL scrutinized. Also open carry needs tighter scrutiny. This is EXACTLY the sort of person I would NEVER allow to carry a firearm.

  • lisapeters Jul 28, 2011

    Contact animal control in your area.

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