Residents contacted town officials to report the suspicious fox. Cary police responded and transported the animal for testing at the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. Officials were notified Monday that the fox was infected with the rabies virus.
The animal did not come in contact with any people or pets.
Last week, Cary Animal Control responded to Tweed Circle to remove a dead bat from a residence that later tested positive for rabies. No injuries were reported, and the homeowner is taking all necessary precautions since he was exposed to the rabid bat.
Citizens are reminded to use caution when dealing with any animal that may be suspicious or may have come in contact with a suspicious animal. Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from any bodily fluids, especially saliva. As always, have your pets vaccinated against the disease.
Seek help immediately if you or your pets are bitten by any animal. Notify officials as soon as possible. If you suspect a rabid animal, or have a wild animal in your home, contact Cary Animal Control immediately at (919) 319-4517.