Chapin, SC (WLTX) – A rabid fox in Chapin had to be killed after it bit a child, an adult, and attacked a kitten and a dog.

According to police reports, the animal bit and scratched a ten-year old child outside of the Chapin Pawn Shop on Monday.  The child, as well as an adult bitten earlier in the day, were taken to Lexington Medical Center for treatment.

Department of Natural Resource officers searched the area for the fox but were unable to locate it.  A short while later, a dog and a kitten on West Woods Drive in Chapin were attacked by the fox. The dog’s owner tried to shoot the animal but missed.

The kitten had to be euthanized because of it’s injuries and the dog was taken in for treatment.

A neighbor was able to kill the fox, which later tested positive for rabies.

A Chapin police officer had an open wound on his hand and was exposed to animal’s blood.  The officer is among those receiving treatment for rabies exposure.

DHEC says this is the fourth confirmed rabid animal found this year in Lexington County.  There have been 59 confirmed cases in animals statewide so far this year.

Health officials recommend people avoid wild animals and vaccinate their pets.

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