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Rabid fox attacks Hanover woman and children

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

A rabid fox is on the loose in Hanover and attacking people, including children. Now, the Hanover Animal Control Office and Hanover Health Department are looking for the animal.

One of the attacks happened in a neighborhood in Doswell, near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 30.

NBC12 spoke to the victim, Lenora Pleasants, who said that the fox actually made its way inside her home and attacked her and her grandchildren.

It happened Friday morning when Pleasants briefly left her front door open a crack. Pleasants said the fox must of snuck inside where her grandchildren were playing.

That's when she heard their screams.

"At first I didn't see anything, then the fox peeked its head around the corner," Pleasants said.

Pleasants grabbed her two-year-old grandson and followed her four-year-old granddaughter out the door but the fox ran after them.

Pleasants finally picked up a large rock and threw it at the rabid creature - only then did it run away.

According the Hanover Health Department, the attack on Pleasants and her grandchildren isn't the only one - there have been others. Plus, the fox is still out there.

Hanover officials are handing out pamphlets that inform folks what to do if they come face to face with a rabid animal.

Pleasants grandchildren were given rabies shots and are doing fine.

The Hanover Health Department reminds people to call animal control if they see a fox and if they're bitten to seek immediate help.

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