CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ga. — UPDATE: Michael Hokanson with the North Central Health District confirmed to 13WMAZ around 4:30 p.m. Friday that the fox tested POSITIVE for rabies.
A fox is being tested for rabies after attacking a 75-year-old Crawford County man on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a Crawford County Sheriff’s Office incident report, two deputies were sent to a home on Highway 42S for an animal complaint.
While on their way to the scene, the deputies were told by the radio dispatcher that the 75-year-old man, identified as Henry Wray, was holding the fox down with his foot and a shovel.
When they got to the scene, they fatally shot the fox with a service weapon.
Wray said he came out of his house and saw the fox near his dog pen. When he yelled at the fox, it charged at him. He knocked the fox away, but it came back again for him.
After coming at him a second time, Wray pinned down the fox. He was scratched on his lip and nose in the process of wrangling with it.
Environmentalists came out to the scene to recover the fox and take it to be tested for rabies. Wray went to the Medical Center in Macon to be treated.
Reporter Avery Braxton spoke with Henry Wray and you can hear about his encounter with the fox on 13WMAZ News.
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