A resident of the Lake Secor section of Mahopac Falls experienced the fright of her life when attacked by a fox outside her home early Saturday evening. The chilling sequence of events unfolded when a call made to the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center in Carmel sent police, fire and EMS personnel to the residence at 34 Agor Lane.
The Sheriff’s Department handled the investigation and, according to Capt. William McNamara, after the fox bit the woman on her left ankle and clawed her right foot drawing blood, she ran inside her home in an effort to escape the wild animal – but the fox pursued her into the house, which was occupied by the woman’s children.
Authorities said the woman screamed for her children to flee. Ultimately, mom and kids all escaped, closing the door behind them and confining the fox inside.
The victim was administered to at the scene by EMS personnel from the Mahopac Falls FD and an EM Star paramedic and was taken to Putnam Hospital Center for additional treatment.
New York State DEC Police were summoned and along with an animal control officer, captured the fox. The wild animal was taken to an undisclosed location where it was later euthanized. The remains were sent to Albany Monday where they were tested for rabies at a NYS Health Dept. Laboratory.
Putnam County Associate Public Health Sanitarian Marianne Burdick told this reporter that because the animal exhibited such aggressive behavior and chased the victim into her home, officials were certain the fox was rabid, and treated the case as such. Burdick also confirmed that a second gray fox tested positive for rabies last week in the same vicinity of Mahopac Falls.
“We have been alerting neighbors in the area to be on the lookout for foxes since others may also carry the deadly rabies virus,” she said.
When queried about the victim’s condition, Burdick said: “The woman is being taken care of.” The official explained due to HIPAA regulations, she could not elaborate.