Woman, dog bitten by fox in Fairhaven
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WHDH) -- A woman and her dog were bitten by a fox while on a walk, and doctors say the wild animal may have been rabid.
“I let out one big scream because -- not ‘cause it hurt but it was just like, ‘wow,’ you know, this thing just bit me,” Laurendeau said.
Amy Laurendeau was walking her dog, that ironically not only looks like a fox but is also named Foxy, when the wild animal confronted them.
“It just lunged at me and it got me in the leg. I had to shake it off and it still kind of circled, like it still kind of wanted to come back at me and then it just took off,” Laurendeau said.
Her dog, Foxy, wasn't hurt.
"Foxy, she said, was just curious. Foxy wasn’t afraid apparently, and wasn’t aggressive,” said Bobby Cruise, Laurendeau’s boyfriend.
"I couldn't even breathe. My adrenaline was just going at that point, I was just wanting to go get it checked out,” Laurendeau said.
Animal Control and the Fairhaven Board of Health immediately passed out a flyer warning residents. It read, “Rabies is 100 percent preventable with timely medical treatment, but rabies is 100 percent fatal if not properly treated.”
We had seen one about a month or two ago in the area. But we hadn't seen one in a couple of months. We did see it in the daytime, which I know is kind of unusual. It was chasing a squirrel,” said Scott Wojtunik, a neighbor.
The same day Laurendeau was bitten, another neighbor on Birchfield Street had to kill a fox after it tried to attack him.
Animal Control took the dead fox to Laurendeau and asked if it looked like the animal that bit her, and she said yes.
State lab employees are testing the remains for rabies.
"I actually kind of feel bad in a way. I love animals. And I know it can't help it if it's sick. At the same time it's good to prevent it from happening to somebody else,” said Laurendeau.
Laurendeau is undergoing a series of rabies shots as she waits for the test results.