ASHEBORO, N.C. -- An Asheboro woman is undergoing rabies treatments following an attack in her backyard Tuesday night.
Cynthia Hall was bit by a fox on the ankle outside her home on Bray Boulevard.
Hall said she was planning to water her garden around 6 p.m. and saw the gray fox in her yard. She went inside for about 30 minutes to try and wait it out.
As she returned to her chores she said the fox attacked without warning.
"I stomped it as hard as I could and it took my bedroom shoe off," said Hall. "I ran to my neighbors and when I looked back and he was tearing my bedroom shoe like a dog would a cat."
The bite left deep red marks on Hall's ankle. She's taking a strong antibiotic and receiving several shots over the course of a few weeks because the fox was not caught and not tested for rabies.
The attack is prompting a warning for others who live on the south end of Asheboro off South Fayetteville Street.
Rabies is a very dangerous disease that without treatment can cause death in animals and humans. Officials say pets should be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.
To prevent conflicts with foxes, it is important to remember:
- Do not attempt to approach foxes or fox dens.
- Do not attempt to touch or feed a fox or its pups.
- Secure garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Feed pets indoors or remove food when your pet is finished eating outside.
- Close off crawl spaces under sheds, porches, decks and homes.
While it is not uncommon to see a healthy fox during the day, if you see a fox showing signs of rabies, such as aggression, stumbling or foaming at the mouth, call your local animal control office. In Randolph County that's 336-683-8235.
Animal Control officers spent Wednesday canvassing the neighborhood with flyers about the attack and searching for fox dens in the area. They said it would be highly unlikely to find the fox that attacked Hall but were trying to prevent a similar incident by tracking down any sick animals.