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Fox Attack Has Parsonsburg Neighbors Worried About Rabies, Future Attacks

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Bite mark from a fox on Parsonsburg woman's foot (Photo: WBOC) Bite mark from a fox on Parsonsburg woman's foot (Photo: WBOC)
Betty Truitt was attacked by a fox Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC) Betty Truitt was attacked by a fox Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC)

PARSONSBURG, Md. - A Parsonsburg woman was attacked by a fox Wednesday afternoon, which has sparked concerns over rabies and future attacks in the normally quiet neighborhood.

Betty Truitt spoke with WBOC on Thursday and said Wednesday afternoon, she left her home on Madeline Circle to warn another neighbor about a fox that had been spotted in the middle of the day in their community.

"I looked up and the fox was coming from down that way and it was like he just zoned in on me," Truitt said.  "Because there were other people he had to go past to get to me but he totally ignored them."

Truitt said she turned around to run from the animal but unfortunately, she didn't get far before the fox caught up to her.

"By the time I got to the corner of my trailer, he had me and had me down and he would not let go.  I kept yelling at him, I was kicking him with my other foot.  And he just kept biting," Truitt said.

Fortunately, one of Truitt's neighbors, Bonnie Jester, was outside at the time as well.

"I grabbed a shovel, my snow shovel I left out, and I hit him so hard that it just kind of jumped him back," Jester said.  "But then he came back at us and I hit him again and he just kind of went away.  Hopefully he'll stay away."

Truitt said she is concerned about the fox being rabid because the attack happened in the middle of the day.  The Wicomico County Health Department has been in contact with Truitt as well.  Officials at the health department said they know the fox attack took place, however, there is no search for the fox because there would be no way to identify the exact animal.  The fox attack comes on the heels of three people in Worcester County being exposed to a rabid cat.  All three are undergoing rabies treatment.

Truitt said because there is no way to determine whether the fox is rabid, she also is undergoing the two weeks of rabies shots to be on the safe side.  Truitt also added that she and her neighbors will have to be extra cautious in their neighborhood for the foreseeable future.

"To be honest, I'm afraid to go out," Truitt said.  "I have to get over it because I can't let this stop me, but it's really really scary."

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