Two residents and two dogs were attacked by a fox Tuesday June 27th in Southern Pines. The incident was reported at 8:40 pm on Round About Court
According to law enforcement officials a Southern Pines Police officer responded to a call for assistance and when he arrived the fox became aggressive charging the officer and the officer shot the fox.
Moore County Animal Control responded to the scene and transported the dead fox to the state department of health in Raleigh where it was confirmed the fox did have rabies.
Officials stated that the man and woman bitten have both started taking the appropriate medicine as a preventative measure against rabies.
Both dogs bitten had current rabies shots and only required a booster shot.
Residents are reminded to always be cautious of wild foxes and other animals when enjoying the outdoors. This incident is also a great example of why it is so important to keep your pets rabies vaccines current. If their shots were not current the two dogs involved would have had to be quarantined under strict protocols for 6 months or put down, fortunately that is not the case here
Note: This incident was first incorrectly reported as being on Roundabout Road. The correct location is on Round About Court in Southern Pines.