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Fox killed by dog in NW Austin tests positive for rabies

Foxes. (Cropped Photo: WPBN / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

A fox that was killed by a dog earlier this week in Northwest Austin has tested positive for rabies.

The Austin-Travis County Animal Services Office says the fox was killed Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the Long Canyon neighborhood at Bell Mountain Drive off FM 2222.

Health officials say three dogs came into contact with the fox. They are now under observation.

The Animal Services Office is asking the community to call 3-1-1 if anyone came in contact with a fox in the area were the rabid fox was killed.

The City offers the following tips to protect pets and family of exposure to these wild animals:

  • Vaccinate your dogs and cats as well as livestock.
  • Restrain your pets. Do not allow them to roam freely in public.
  • Avoid contact with wild animals and unknown dogs and cats.
  • Do not touch sick or injured animals.
  • If your pet is bitten, scratched or in a fight with any animal, call 3-1-1.


Any contact with these high-risk wild animals should be reported to 3-1-1 immediately.

For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/rabies-prevention or call 3-1-1.


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