CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – The Town of Cary has confirmed the first rabies case of the year after an aggressive fox attacked a jogger and their two dogs Wednesday morning on a greenway trail.
The jogger and two dogs encountered the fox around 7 a.m. on the greenway trail near Lantern Ridge Lane. Cary police responded to the scene, euthanized the animal and then transported it to the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for testing.
The lab confirmed that the fox was infected with the rabies virus.
The jogger is receiving medical care and the two dogs, which were current on their vaccines, received booster shots from their veterinarian.
The last reported case of rabies in Cary was back in October 2014.
“It’s important to be watchful while in environments where wild or strange animals may be found,” said Assistant Police Chief Scott Davis. “Thankfully, [Wednesday] morning’s incident involved a fast-acting [resident] and responsible pet owner.”
Residents are advised to use caution when dealing with any animal that may be suspicious or may have come in contact with a suspicious animal. Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from any bodily fluids, especially saliva, officials suggest. Seek help immediately if you or your pets are bitten by any animal, and notify officials as soon as possible. If you suspect a rabid animal, contact Cary Animal Control immediately at (919) 319-4517.