Rabid fox killed in Rehoboth

A rabid fox was struck and killed in Rehoboth Beach near the Epworth cemetery at Henlopen Avenue and Felton Street. BY RYAN MAVITY
August 30, 2013

A rabid fox was briefly loose in Rehoboth Beach Aug. 23 before it was run over by a car and killed.

Police Chief Keith Banks said the fox had bitten a woman walking her dog in the area of Henlopen Avenue and Felton Street. The 57-year-old Rehoboth woman had attempted to protect her dog from the fox, but the fox charged and bit her on the calf, Banks said. She was taken to Beebe Medical Center, treated and released, he said.

After a passerby shooed the fox away, the animal ran off before it was hit by a car and killed on Henlopen Avenue.

Banks said Kent County SPCA and the Division of Public Health were called in. The city trapped another fox and tested it, he said, but it did not have rabies and showed no signs of being sick.

Commissioner Patrick Gossett said neighbors reported seeing a fox in Deer Park, near the Epworth Cemetery on Henlopen Avenue. Two foxes were trapped in that area, he said, and were submitted for rabies testing. Gossett said the city is still awaiting results of the testing.

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