Fox Bites Two Women in Aberdeen
A fox attacked two women Tuesday morning in Aberdeen, authorities said.
Virgina Clayton was outside her home on Chancery Lane about 6:40 a.m. when she saw a fox, Aberdeen police said. The fox ran at her, and she called for help.
Her mother, Martha Swaringen, and a neighbor, George Gullickson, came to her aid. The three eventually subdued the animal, but not before it bit both women.
Animal Control officers collected the carcass and sent it off to the state to be tested for rabies. The results of the tests are expected back today, said Al Carter, director of Moore County Animal Control.
Carter said Clayton told animal control officers she had a cat with her, and it ran between her legs when the fox came toward her and bit her. The fox did not bite the cat.
Carter said Clayton grabbed the fox while Gullickson hit it with a shovel, and that Clayton dropped the fox before Swaringen grabbed it and was bitten.
Gullickson later said that Swaringen, and not he, had hit the fox with a shovel. He said they threw it in a trash bin and that animal control officers later killed it.
Both women drove themselves to the hospital for treatment, Aberdeen police said.
This is the first confirmed fox attack within Aberdeen's city limits this year, Aberdeen Deputy Police Chief Jim Foster and Carter said.
Three animals - a skunk and two raccoons - have tested positive for rabies this year.
Since 2005, six foxes in Moore County have tested positive for rabies. The most recent case occurred in June 2010, when an 11-year-old boy was attacked near the intersection of Midway Road and Sycamore Street in Aberdeen.
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