BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Three people were attacked by a rabid fox in Oak Island on Sunday.
A man was working in his yard and felt something brush up against him and then bite him, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Health Department. He looked down and saw that it was a fox.
The animal then ran to his neighbor’s garage, where a husband and wife were working. It attacked the woman, biting her three times, and then bit the man once.
The first man reportedly heard the couple screaming, got his gun and shot the fox. Authorities said no pets were involved in the incident.
Brunswick County Animal Services obtained the fox from the Oak Island Police Department and sent it to the state lab for testing. The results came back positive for rabies Tuesday, according to a news release. All three people involved are continuing post-exposure treatment for rabies.
“We encourage people, especially pet owners, to report animals acting suspiciously,” stated David Stanley, Brunswick County Health Director. “Also make sure all your pets are current on all vaccinations.”