Fox tests positive for rabies

A fox that bit a Chesterfield County woman on Tuesday, June 18, has tested positive for rabies.

On June 18, Chesterfield County Animal Control officers were called to a residence in the 13600 block of Quail Hollow Lane for a report of a woman who had been attacked by a fox. Once on scene, officers located the victim, who had been bitten several times, and the fox, which a neighbor had helped contain until officers arrived.

Animal Control is asking residents to be on the lookout for and report any wildlife, such as foxes, raccoons or opossums, that is lingering around homes during daylight hours, is acting aggressive or appears sick or injured. If you spot such an animal, call 748-1251.

To avoid attracting wild animals, do not leave pet food out overnight and do not feed wildlife. Residents are also encouraged to keep their pets on their property, and ensure that all dogs and cats have a current rabies vaccination.

To help prevent the spread of rabies, the Chesterfield County Health Department and Chesterfield County Animal Control hold annual rabies clinics at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. Check the county website for the next scheduled clinic. Rabies vaccinations are available for dogs and cats for a cost of $8 per animal.

Cats should be brought in a pet carrier for safety.    
    

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