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Madison Police Kill Fox That Attacked 2 People

Animal being tested for rabies following Thursday morning incident on Longview Avenue.

shot and killed a fox after it attacked two people Thursday morning on a Longview Avenue lawn, authorities said.

The victims were transported to Morristown Medical Center and the animal is being tested for rabies, police said.

According to a statement by the Madison Police Department, Caroline Malia, 23, was knocking on the front door of the residence where she babysits on Longview Avenue and was approached by what she thought was a large cat.

"Before she realized it, the fox began to attack her legs," police said.

Hearing the woman's screams, next-door neighbor John Hamilton was able to free the animal's hold on the woman, police said. In doing so, he was bitten on the hand as he threw the animal against a car, police said.

Madison Police Sgt. Dennis Lam and Officer Matthew Mirabella responded to the scene, discovered the animal and destroyed it, police said.

Malia and Hamilton were treated by the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Madison Fire Department, and the agencies transported them to the hospital.

The Madison Health Department and Millburn Animal Control, which is contracted by Madison, also responded.

Police directed residents to www.cdc.gov/rabies/ for more information about the rabies virus.

Mikey D May 03, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Lead poisoning.
Madison Cyclist May 03, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I've noticed a definite uptick in squirrels and racoons in my yard since we went to once a week garbage pick up. I wonder if the foxes are becoming more prevalent because there's more food available. I'm glad we're back to 2x/week until the end of the summer.
Hugh Topian May 04, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies shots!
Kirk Petersen May 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
... and your humans!
John smith May 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
How about we have a little culling? .22lr would work fine on those varmints. Pop, right in the eye. Although if a fox or something came after one of me or mine, I'd use 12 gauge, just to watch that puppy splatter. But seriously, this shit scares me. Is this what new jersey has come to? We depend on the police to save us from a fox? Get a grip people, shoot it yourself, learn a little personal responsibility.

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