Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Peninsula Health District Seeking Fox that Bit Person in York County

NEWPORT NEWS — The Peninsula Health District is looking for a fox or small coyote — possibly a pup — that bit a person on or about Jan. 2 in the vicinity of Sleepy Hollow Lane in York County. 

The animal was being released from a trap when the incident occurred, according to a press release, and subsequently ran away.

If this animal is not found, the victim may have to undergo post-exposure treatment in the form of shots for the prevention of rabies.

Anyone who has seen an animal that fits this description in this area is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District — Newport News Environmental Health office at 757-594-7340, or after hours, contact the appropriate animal control office below:

  • York County Animal Services: 757-890-3601
  • Newport News Animal Services: 757-595-7387

The Peninsula Health District reminds residents to report all exposures, enjoy wildlife from a distance, and make sure their family pets are vaccinated and protected against the rabies virus.

Virginia state law requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated between 3 and 4 months of age and thereafter to maintain protection against rabies. Residents should contact their veterinarian for further information.

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