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Appleton man shoots fox that bit him

By Gabriel Blodgett | Sep 17, 2019
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Appleton — An Appleton man killed a fox that may have been rabid Sunday, Sept. 15, after it attacked him and a neighbor on Appleton Ridge.

Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood said the man was bitten and received medical treatment.

Donald Burke was walking his dog, Bella, when the fox attacked. He said his dog protected him, and although the fox ripped his pants, it did not bite either him or the dog before running off.

Burke then alerted a neighbor, who shot the fox twice, killing the animal. He was, however, bitten in the scuffle.

Blood said she was contacted after the fox was shot and directed the residents to call the Maine Warden Service, who took the fox to the Maine Center for Disease Control in Augusta for testing. As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no word on whether it had tested positive for rabies, but Blood said it was very likely, based on the animal's behavior.

Blood said there have been two confirmed cases of rabies in Hope this year, but neither resulted in any human exposure, and this is the first case in Appleton.

According to the Center for Disease Control, rabies “affects the brain and spinal column and can cause death if left untreated.”

The federal Centers for Disease Control states that the treatment for rabies consists of “a regimen of one dose of immunoglobulin and four doses of rabies vaccine over a 14-day period."

Blood said the incident serves as a good reminder to people to vaccinate their animals.

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