Fox bites Pineville girl

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 
A 12-year-old Pineville girl was hospitalized after being bitten by a fox as she left her house Monday morning to catch the school bus on the first day of school, according to officials.
“It bit her on the ankle,” said Sam Chappelear of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Charleston regional office, which covers Berkeley County. “It was under the steps.”
Sgt. Thomas Spann, of SCDNR law enforcement, said the incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. at a residence off Pineville Circle. The residence is about 40 yards from the road, he said.
“It came out and bit her and she grabbed a hold of it and pulled it off her,” Spann said. “She was screaming and held on to it. Her grandpa’s house is next door.”
Her grandfather grabbed a rifle and shot the fox dead, according to Spann.
The girl was treated by EMS and transported to Trident Hospital.
“The little girl went to the emergency room to get treated,” Spann said.
Berkeley County Animal Control took possession of the fox and transported it to its compound at the Doc Williams SPCA so the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control could pick it up, Spann said.
DHEC will test it for rabies.
“I didn’t see any sign of it frothing from the mouth,” Spann said. “It was a small female fox. I don’t think she was old enough to have pups.
“I see them out a lot when I’m hunting. I have been here all my life. They are (usually) not aggressive.”
He said the porch was clean and it would likely be a few days before the rabies test would be complete.

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