Potentially rabid fox attacks two women in Chesapeake neighborhood

Posted at 9:25 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-25 18:09:29-04

Chesapeake, Va. - Two women had to be treated for rabies after they were attacked by a potentially rabid fox in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake. Health officials are now warning residents as they search for the animal.

This happened in the Grassfield area at Cedar Landing Estates on someone's back porch over the weekend.

Several women were outside having drinks when the fox ran up to them.

The Chesapeake Health Department says the fox may be carrying rabies and may have attacked others or their pets.

On Tuesday, NewsChannel 3 spoke to a woman who says one of the victims was her neighbor.

"She felt something tugging at her foot and looked down and the fox attacked," says Kimberly Wyckoff.

She says the woman is now going though a series of rabies shots. The neighbor did not want to comment.

"I have not personally seen the bites but she has several;  I think foot, thigh, arm and unprovoked. She was sitting in a chair when this happened," says Wyckoff.

Animal Control has been monitoring the area putting traps out but the fox is still on the loose, which is unsettling for neighbors.

Wyckoff says some now walk around outside with brooms or golf clubs.

Please remember do not approach wild or stray animals and be aware of your pets and their potential exposure to wildlife.

If you or your pets have been in contact with the fox or any suspected rabid animal, please call Chesapeake Animal Control at 757-382-8080 or the Health Department at 757-382-8672.