High Point, NC -- Two children playing outside an apartment complex on Guyer Street in High Point, were bitten by a rabid gray fox Saturday afternoon.
Police said the fox bit a 7-year-old below the knee on his left leg; puncturing his skin in five places. The 9-year-old had abrasions where he was bit on one of his fingers. Both children were taken to the hospital and received rabies injections.
After the attack, the fox was chased off into a wooded area nearby. Saturday evening, police were called back to the 2600 block of Guyer Street, where the fox was found with a dead cat. Officers said they were able to safely euthanize the cat behind the home.
After an examination, Guilford County Animal Control confirmed Tuesday the fox had rabies. This is the fifth case of rabies reported in Guilford County in 2013.
The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reminding community members to give their pets the rabies vaccine. Animal control will hold several clinics, offering rabies shots for $5.
Events, listed below, provided by the health department:
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Summerfield Fire Station #9, 7400
Summerfield Road, Summerfield, NC 27358.
Saturday, August 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28. Station located at 6619
NC 61 North, Gibsonville, NC 27249.
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920
Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313.
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 12: p.m., Oak Ridge Community Park, 6231 Lisa Drive,
Oak Ridge, NC 27310.