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.