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Fox attack on dog makes 18 cases of rabies in Orange County

Posted August 7, 2014 1:20 p.m. EDT

— A fox that attacked a family dog is the 18th recorded case of rabies this year in Orange County.

The family told Orange County Animal Control officers that a fox latched on to their dog's front paw Tuesday and they had to use a shovel and knife to kill it and free their dog.

During the scuffle, the dog bit one of the owners.

The dog was current for the rabies vaccine and, with a booster shot, should be fine. 

The fox, believed to be the same animal that killed a raccoon and bit a cat earlier that day, tested positive for rabies.

Animal Control officers are looking for the cat.

Orange County is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill. Vaccinations cost $10 and are cash only.

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919-942-7387.