Summit police kill possibly rabid fox suspected of attacking dogs

Two dogs were attacked in two separate incidents in Union County by what authorities believe was a rabid fox Monday evening. Neither dog was injured, but authorities are urging caution around pets.

Summit Police killed a fox in the area of ​​Mountain Avenue and Tulip Street that will be taken by Animal Control to be tested for rabies. They believe it was the fox who was involved in the recent attacks.

Until test results are available, police urge residents to continue to exercise caution when walking outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn. Children and small animals should continue to be supervised when outside.

Police say both small and large dogs are at risk from coyote attacks. Small dogs under 40 pounds are considered prey while larger dogs are considered a threat.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your pet safe

  • Do not leave dogs outside unsupervised, especially after dark.
  • If you encounter a coyote, make noise by shouting and waving your arms to scare it away.
  • Keep food and trash secure to keep coyotes out of your home.
  • If you or your dog are attacked, call the police.

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