Fox Attacks Man, Cat, and Dog in the Mount Vernon District Before Running Off; Animal Protection Police Ask Public to Call in Possible Sightings
Mount Vernon Police District – A man, a cat, and a dog were bit by a fox last night on William and Mary Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. Animal Protection Police initially responded to the 2300 block around 9:09 for a report of a man bit by a fox. After biting the man, the fox attacked a cat that was underneath a car. The cat was injured, but is believed to have survived. The fox ran from the scene and has not been located.
While investigating those two attacks, another bite was reported in the 2200 block of the same street, where a different person reported that his dog was in a fight with a fox. The fox also attempted to bite the man, but only managed to steal his shoe as he was trying to kick the fox away from his pet. The man was not injured in this case, and his dog was quarantined due to possible exposure to rabies.
It is unknown at this time whether the fox is rabid, however, aggressive tendencies such as those exhibited in the attacks last night are indicative of rabies. Multiple officers searched the area extensively, but were unable to find the fox. Officers checked the area again this morning, also with negative results.
Rabies is a viral disease that can infect both humans and animals. People usually get rabies when they are bitten by an animal that is sick with the disease. Animal Protection Police remind residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated against rabies every year. They are also asking pet owners to keep an extra eye on their pets around this area as the fox has still not been located.
If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention right away. In Fairfax County, residents should also immediately report animal bites, as well as sick or injured animals, to Animal Protection Police at 703-691-2131.
More information on the rabies virus, exposure prevention tips, and what to do if an animal bites is available here: https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-rabies-virus/
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