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Hope Mills mother, 2-year-old son attacked by rabid fox

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Jenna Johnson indicates how large the fox was that attacked her, her son and their dog. Jenna Johnson indicates how large the fox was that attacked her, her son and their dog.
HOPE MILLS, N.C. -

A Hope Mills mother, her 2-year-old son and their dog was attacked by a rabid fox on Sunday, according to Cumberland County Animal Control.

On Tuesday, the State Public Health Lab in Raleigh reported a positive result for rabies in the fox that attacked the family.

The attack happened on Spinnaker Drive off Legion Road in Hope Mills. The family was playing with their dog in their yard when the fox approached and attacked them.

According to animal control, the fox bit the mother, Jenna Johnson, when she tried to stop it by grabbing it and throwing it. The fox then began to attack the dog's leg before the Johnson's husband killed the fox and called animal control.

The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination, but was given a booster shot. The family has been advised to seek medical treatment.

This is the 10th case of rabies in Cumberland County this year.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal:

  • Immediately wash the wound under running water for at least 10 minutes with lots of soap. Seek medical attention/advice.
  • Call Animal Control at 321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.
  • Go to the emergency room.

It is also important to vaccinate your pets for rabies and keep their shots current. Pet owners are reminded that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies, as required by state law. Pet owners are subject to a fine of $100 for each unvaccinated dog or cat. Pets must be vaccinated when they reach the age of four months.

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