An aggressive fox found deceased in a donkey pen last week is the seventh confirmed rabies case in Orange County this year.
A Mebane resident spotted the fox acting hostile with her dog the day before. The dog had been vaccinated for rabies, meaning it required a booster shot within 96 hours of exposure.
If a dog, cat or ferret exposed to rabies is unvaccinated, they must be either quarantined for up to four months, or euthanized.
Bob Marotto, director of Orange County animal services, said he felt this case illustrated the importance of vaccinating pets.
“By vaccinating our dogs and our cats, we are ensuring their health, and we are also ensuring the health of the human community and the public,” he said.