A 3 year old girl was bitten by a fox Shabbos (Saturday) afternoon, Police confirm to TLS.
The toddler was reportedly walking with another sibling on 14th Street at about 6:30 p.m. when she was attacked by the wild animal.
Hatzolah and Police were called to the scene. Upon the officers’ arrival, the animal reportedly began attacking the police, prompting them to shoot it, and killing it.
“Police Officer Matt Moore found the fox under the resident’s deck and was forced to fire his duty weapon at the fox after it tried to attack him and a Lakewood Animal Control officer,” Lakewood Police Lieutenant Steve Allaire tells TLS.
The victim was treated for scratches to her arm, leg, and lip, but it could have been worse, Allaire says.
“Injuries could have been worse to the victim, but during the initial attack an unidentified male ran over and was able to kick the fox away from the child,” says Allaire.
The young child was transported by Hatzolah to Kimball Medical Center for treatment.
“The fox died on the scene but was taken away to be tested for rabies,” Allaire said.