Waynesboro Police Warn Neighbors About Rabies

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

WAYNESBORO -- Waynesboro Police warning you about a case of rabies. A fox and a dog got in a fight when doctors said the wild animal tested positive for the illness.

It happened on the 600 block of Medowview Cove Wednesday morning. That's when Debbie Truslow was letting her dog out.
The morning seemed nothing out of the ordinary. She said that's when she saw her dog squaring off with a fox.

"I was screaming..(laughs) woke everyone up in the neighborhood," said Truslow.

That's what Truslow did when she saw her black lab Bella facing off against a fox.

"We've seen foxes before but we usually let the dogs out and we see a fox, the fox runs off. This one was one that actually was closer to the door than Bella was," said Truslow.

Truslow then got Bella inside the house and called animal control. Crews came out and put the fox down.

"The fox looked healthy. They were kind of surprised to that it was rabid. But it was being really aggressive," said Truslow.

Once the fox was taken away Truslow was told to keep all her other dogs in quarantine for 45 days. Bella wasn't hurt. She had all of her shots.

"If they haven't been vaccinated then they would have had a pen within a pin and they would have had to been quarantine for 6 months soo...each pen costs around 4 or 5 thousand dollars and no human contact," said Truslow.

The Waynesboro Animal Control said it won't stop with this one case.

"They are gonna trap the foxes or any additional back behind our house because that's where the green way goes, parks and soccer fields."

Even though rabies is rare police are still urging you to keep your family and pets safe. They recommend you watch your pets while they're outside and stay away from wild animals.

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