Posted: Friday, August 29th 2014 at 9:22pm
Possible rabid fox captured at Mount Airy Town Park
By Rob Moore Editor
This suspected rabid fox was captured in Mount Airy Town Park Friday afternoon. Rabies tests on the animal, which was euthanized, are pending.
MT. AIRY - A possible rabid animal was captured Friday afternoon on the outer fringe of the public park in Mt. Airy.
Habersham County Animal Care and Control Director Madi Hawkins said she captured the suspected rabid fox with a catch pole in the outer fringes of Mount Airy Town Park after being notified by police.
Due to the holiday weekend, rabies test results on the fox will not be immediately available.
"We won't have the results until next week because of the holiday," Hawkins said.
Hawkins said it is unclear who will pay for the test because there is no known contact with another animal or a person.
"The CDC will not usually test without exposure, but with the area it was found I think it's important that we have confirmation one way or another," Hawkins said.
Hawkins said the fox was foaming at the mouth, so she feels it's important to get a definitive answer - even if it means paying for it from the animal shelter budget.
"Our shelter budget is so tight and every penny counts," Hawkins said. "It's not required we test animals with no contact, but this particular case is unique."
The animal was euthanized after Hawkins captured it.
Mt. Airy Police Chief Corey Allen said Friday night the fox actually was located in a water ditch on the lower tier of the park, across from 123 Bottle Shop, in an area only used for overflow parking.
Allen stressed the animal was not inside the hilltop park, where the picnic shelter, paved walking trail and playground are located.
Hawkins said animal control is not usually responsible for paying to test animals for rabies. That responsibility falls to the health department, if there has been contact with a person or another animal.
Still, Hawkins is hopeful that because of the potential public exposure to this fox at a small public park, the health department will see fit to cover the cost of the rabies test.
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