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Fox bites APD officer

The fox jumped from a drainage ditch and attacked Officer Taylor, biting him and leaving scratches on his right leg. / File


First Update (3/11/14)
Public health officials have been advised by the Waycross Laboratory that due to the head shot administered to the fox, they were unable to test the sample.

The police officer has been notified and Public Health officials say that in such cases, patients are recommended to continue receiving prophylaxis.


Initial Story
The Albany Police Department is reporting one of its officers was bitten by a fox.

Officer Richard Taylor responded to 2811 W. Doublegate after there were reports of a fox chasing people in the neighborhood. The fox jumped from a drainage ditch and attacked Officer Taylor, biting him and leaving scratches on his right leg.

Officer Taylor shot five rounds at the fox killing it. Officer Taylor was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for rabies treatment.

Animal Control and Environmental Control also responded and recovered the fox for rabies testing.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health say that they are shipping the fox's head to their Waycross lab for testing.

However, the officer shot the animal in the head, which means that there may not be enough uncontaminated tissue for rabies testing.

Results are typically expected back in one to two days.

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