Fairhope Police responded to the report of a fox attack Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
In this case, police said a woman was attacked in the driveway of a home near Highways 181 and 104. She was able to fight it off before calling police. Neighbors told Fox 10 News the fox was still there when police arrived and it was killed. The woman was taken to Thomas Hospital where she is now being treated for possible rabies.
The homeowner said she’s had an earlier run-in with the fox before her friend was attacked. She said her small dog was attacked by the fox in her driveway. She was able to fight it off with her cane and take the dog to the vet. While she was gone is when her friend was attacked when the fox ran out from under her car and began bighting her.
It happened at the rear of a home on Country Woods Drive. The driveway backs up to a wooded area and the car was parked nearby. The homeowner didn’t want to be identified, but described the attack on her friend as vicious. Other neighbors heard about it quickly.
“I received messages from several friends around town really and in the neighborhood too, just kind of putting us on alert and letting us know that it’s close to home,” Valerie Pittman said.
Pittman has children and pets and was surprised to hear what had happened. Fairhope Police said the victim was attacked when walking to her vehicle. She was bitten on the hand and had multiple scrapes from falling on the driveway.
This is the first reported fox attack in Baldwin County for 2019. In 2018, there were 10, but the first one wasn’t until May 21st. From then through October 5th, eight people and two dogs were attacked. In all cases where the foxes were caught, they tested positive for rabies. Neighbors in Country Woods subdivision are concerned about the incident and are taking extra precautions.
“I definitely will, especially in the evenings. You know, at night more than anything,” Pittman said. “During the day, I don’t feel as exposed perhaps, but at night, I’m certainly not going to just come out by myself or let the dogs out by themselves.”
In this case, we’ll never know if the fox had rabies. Neighbors said police shot and killed the fox, but it wasn’t taken to the Baldwin County Health Department. Fairhope Police said they weren’t able to reach them since it was after hours so they disposed of the fox. The Baldwin County Health Department said the most important thing is that the victim is getting the proper treatment.