Fox attacks men and animals in Alexandria area

Fairfax County animal protection officers are searching for a fox that bit a man, a cat, and a dog Thursday night.

The first attack occurred a little after 9:00 p.m. in the 2300 block of William and Mary Drive in the Alexandria area of the county. That’s where the man was attacked. Right after that the fox bit a cat nearby.

Then, in the next block of that street, a dog was bitten. The fox also tried to bite the dog’s owner but only ripped off his shoe. That man wasn’t hurt. Officers searched the area extensively Thursday night and Friday morning but were unable to find the fox.

Police don’t know whether the fox is rabid but they say aggressive tendencies, such as those exhibited in the Thursday night attacks, are indicative of rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease that can infect both humans and animals. People usually get rabies when they are bitten by an animal that is sick with the disease. Animal Protection Police are asking pet owners to keep an extra eye on their pets around the area of the attacks since the fox has still not been located.



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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.