Animal Services Unit Confronts Multiple Fox Encounters

Update: Both fox from Marblehead Ct and the fox from 4005 Providence Ct. tested positive for rabies.  This is the 14 and 15 positive rabies case for the county this year.  ASU will canvass the area to educate the public about the importance of keeping their pet’s rabies vaccine current.

The New Hanover County Animal Services Unit is currently searching for foxes in the area of 17th Street and George Anderson.  On August 31, 2012 Richard and Christine Strahley were possibly exposed to rabies after handling their dog after a fight involving a fox at 4005 Providence Ct. ASU responded but was unable to locate the fox. On September 1, 2012 Forrest Meredith was bitten in his back yard by a fox located at 902 Summerlin Falls. ASU responded to the residence but was unable to locate the fox. On that same day Donald and Jacquelyn Maxwell were both possibly exposed to rabies when their dog was involved in a fight with a fox and they touched the dog after they had separated the two. ASU responded to the residence but was unable to locate the fox.

On September 2, 2012 Lois Smith was bitten by a fox when she walked out into the garage at 4005 Providence Ct. ASU responded and the fox was caught, euthanized and sent to Raleigh for testing. On September 3, 2012 Joseph Gideon was possibly exposed to rabies when he handled his dog after it was involved in a fight with a fox at 1502 Marblehead Ct. Wilmington Police Department was dispatched along with ASU, WPD Officer shot the fox and ASU collected the fox to be sent off to Raleigh for testing.

All of the people who were possibly exposed to the foxes will have to receive proper medical attention for rabies exposure as a precautionary measure.  ASU is currently awaiting the results of the foxes that were sent to Raleigh for testing.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.


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