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EXCLUSIVE: Family speaks after dog attacked by rabid fox

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The Harris County Health Department reports on Tuesday a fox infected with rabies attacked two domestic animals.

It's not uncommon to see a fox in Harris County. In fact, the people around the area say they're used to seeing the usually solitary animal but what they're not used to is one attacking their pets.

"We're trying to get the word out to people who live in near Highway 27, Preston Road area of Harris County to let them know that there was a positive fox in that area," says Georgia Health Department, District Program Manager Ed Saidla.

Both pets have been attacked have tested positive for rabies.

The family of one of the animals, an 11-month-old Jack Russell Terrier named "Red", says they have decided to have their dog euthanized.

"After [Red] got attacked, he came into the house and jumped all over my dad and my two babies. He had blood and the fox slobber all over him," Summir Jones claims.

Jones says she's seen several snakes around her neighborhood but has never seen a fox.  Health officials say everyone in the area needs to be on high alert.

"Obviously that's an area that is rural so having wild animals is not unusual; however, typically an animal that  has Rabies will act unusual," Saidla instructs "[The animal will] either act extremely vicious or mean which this fox indeed did or it may be a wild animal and it will act very tame. It may walk up to you and expect you to pet it."

That's where health officials say many people go wrong. It's important to never approach or touch a wild animal.

It's also imperative you get your pets vaccinated.

"Because that creates a biological barrier between the wild animal population and your pets," Saidla adds.

The family now has to get a series of rabies shots over the next few weeks.  They say they had to make the best choice for their dog and the safety of the family.

For more information from health officials on seeking treatment for your pets click here.

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