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Rabid fox attacks family at NC home, officials say

"All I saw was teeth." Rabid fox goes on rampage at NC home, attacks 2, officials say Martha Dodson from Fayetteville sat on her porch when a fox attacked her, ran into the house and beat her son, she told news stations. Cumberland County officials say the animal had rabies. At × Martha Dodson from Fayetteville sat on her porch when a fox attacked her, ran into her house and tied her son, she told the news stations. Cumberland County officials say the animal had rabies. At a North Carolina woman enjoyed time on her porch – until she was face to face with a rough fox. "All I saw was teeth that came to me," Martha Dotson told Fayetteville ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner. "It was snarling." The ravenous critter on Monday made his way past the porch's screen door, so Dotson, 65, grabbed the animal and thought it was one of her cats, she told WRAL. But when she discovered that it was a fox, she let it go, the station says. Fox scratched Dotson, went into the house and tied his adult son, Robert, WRAL reports. "A second son was able to move to safety before being bitten," officials said, "according to WNCN. The family once got the fox out of their home – but then it came back inside, WRAL reports. Cumberland County Animal Control officials grabbed the rope according to ABC11. The animal, which had rabies, died on the way to the animal…

“All I saw was teeth.” Rabid fox goes on rampage at NC home, attacks 2, officials say

Martha Dodson from Fayetteville sat on her porch when a fox attacked her, ran into the house and beat her son, she told news stations. Cumberland County officials say the animal had rabies.

Martha Dodson from Fayetteville sat on her porch when a fox attacked her, ran into her house and tied her son, she told the news stations. Cumberland County officials say the animal had rabies.

a North Carolina woman enjoyed time on her porch – until she was face to face with a rough fox.

“All I saw was teeth that came to me,” Martha Dotson told Fayetteville ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner. “It was snarling.”

The ravenous critter on Monday made his way past the porch’s screen door, so Dotson, 65, grabbed the animal and thought it was one of her cats, she told WRAL. But when she discovered that it was a fox, she let it go, the station says.

Fox scratched Dotson, went into the house and tied his adult son, Robert, WRAL reports.

“A second son was able to move to safety before being bitten,” officials said, “according to WNCN.

The family once got the fox out of their home – but then it came back inside, WRAL reports.

Cumberland County Animal Control officials grabbed the rope according to ABC11. The animal, which had rabies, died on the way to the animal shelter according to the station.

After the attack, Dotson and her son received shots to prevent them from becoming rabies and officials encouraged people to vaccinate their pets against the disease, WRAL and the WNCN report.

“Survival is rare” in people who begin to show signs of the rabies virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. People who have the disease have flu-like symptoms followed by odd behaviors, hallucinations and difficulty sleeping, according to the CDC.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter covering stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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