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Rescued Fox May Have Rabies

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Police in Asheville and health officials in Buncombe County say a fox rescued by a motorist could potentially have rabies.

An animal services unit with Asheville Police and the Buncombe County Department of Health need the public's help finding an injured fox that could have the disease.

The fox was found by a motorist at the intersection of Sardis Road and Sand Hill Road on Monday, June 3rd.

It was taken to Haw Creek Animal Hospital where it was given to another unidentified person possibly driving a white sedan who health officials say was transporting the fox to a wildlife rehab facility.

In that time, they say four people came in contact with the animal, including a young girl.

Health officials say though no bites were reported, contact with a wild fox still presents a risk of exposure to rabies. 

Anyone with information on the location of the fox or the identity of the person in possession or in contact with the animal, is urgently asked to call the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110.

For questions on possible rabies exposure, contact Buncombe County Department of Health, Communicable Disease program at (828) 250-5109.

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