Another fox attack on the Eastern Shore; the second one in the same Spanish Fort neighborhood, and the fourth in Baldwin County in just five days. This time, a dog was bitten by a fox in a backyard.
This latest attack happened just up the street from where a man was attacked on Monday. The dog owner didn't want to talk on camera, but she told us what happened.
She, along with some other homeowners in Spanish Fort Estates are looking at the woods in their neighborhood a little differently now. That's because there have been two fox attacks this week on the same street. Both times, a fox suddenly ran out of the woods.
Ellie Mae is the latest victim. Her owner says the Jack Russell Terrier was out in the yard Wednesday when a fox bit her on both legs. After being rushed to the vet, she's OK, all because she's had the rabies vaccination.
That's something local veterinarian Susan Cardwell is urging every pet owner to check.
"For the rabies virus to be showing up this quickly, with so many [attacks], is very disconcerting, it's very rare," said Cardwell, who works for Village Veterinary Hospital in Spanish Fort.
Doctor Cardwell says in her more than ten years as a vet, she's never treated a pet with rabies. But with this sudden spike in fox attacks, she has some advice for pet owners.
"Don't let them just free roam and wander off, I'd put them on a leash for sure...we need to be vigilant with our pets to keep them vaccinated," said Cardwell. "If they've had a vaccination and they're current, then it should cover it and be fine."
So if you're unsure if your pet has the rabies vaccination, go to your vet as soon as you can. It could save your pets life. Another option: even if your pet is vaccinated, you can still bring them in to get a booster shot, just in case. This is especially important if you don't have a fenced in yard.
Meanwhile, the man who was attacked on Monday in the same neighborhood is getting treatment for his injuries. A wildlife official was out in the neighborhood looking for the fox, but didn't find anything.
This is the fourth attack in Baldwin County since Sunday. Two men were attacked at the Rock Creek golf course in Fairhope by the same rabid fox. That fox was killed and tested positive for rabies. The other foxes have not been captured.
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