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A 76-year-old Hickory man started rabies treatments after he was attacked by a fox, which was later confirmed to have rabies.
Officials with Caldwell County Animal Control said that on May 11, the man was playing golf with friends at Granada Farms Country Club Golf Course in Granite Falls. According to the report, at about 2:30 p.m., a fox came out of the woods and attacked the man by biting him on the bottom part of his leg. The manâ€™s golf partners started beating the fox with their golf clubs, killed the animal and called Caldwell County Animal Control.
Greg Greene, director of Caldwell County Animal Control, said the fox was sent for testing and results came back positive for rabies May 13. Greene said the man started rabies treatments at an area medical facility.
Greene is reminding citizens to be cautious of wild animals near their homes and elsewhere to keep their pets rabies vaccinations up-to-date.
This is the third confirmed report of rabies in Caldwell County in 2011. The first report was a skunk in the Hudson area, and the second was a raccoon in the Granite Falls area.