Rabid Fox Attacks Two In Hillsborough

Orange County’s twelfth confirmed case of rabies this year involves a fox said to have attacked two people in Hillsborough.

A man reported on Wednesday  that a fox grabbed his leg but he killed the animal before it could break the skin. However, a nearby resident was not so lucky. A day earlier someone reportedly was attacked and bitten by an aggressive fox that fled the area. Animal Services officials believe the same fox was responsible for both attacks.

The bite victim was treated at the emergency room and is receiving post-exposure treatment. The man who killed the fox has been referred to a community health nurse to assess his risk of exposure.

This is the first case this year involving a fox.

With this most recent report, the county’s total for the past six months surpasses all reported cases from last year.

Bob Marotto, Director of Animal Services, says the rate at which positive cases are being reported indicates that rabies is on the rise. He emphasizes the importance of consistently taking precautionary measures and reporting any incidents to Animal Services.

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic will take place on Saturday, June 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill.


Helping Animals…And Humans

ORANGE COUNTY – October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and Orange County Animal Services is marking the occasion with reduced adoption fees for select dogs throughout the month.

OCAS has reduced the adoption fee to $60 for all adult dogs and select puppies, a 50 percent reduction. All dogs are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked.

The American Humane Association created Adopt a Shelter Dog Month to reduce the number of homeless dogs and puppies in shelters.

For more information, visit OrangeCountyNC.gov/AnimalServices.


The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 2013 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards.

Since 1990, the OCHRC has presented the Pauli Murray Award annually to a local youth, adult, and business owner who serves the Orange County community “in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all residents.”

Individual and youth nominees must be Orange County residents. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22. Visit OrangeCountyNC.gov/housing/pmurray.asp for more criteria and the nomination form.


If you own goats or sheep, the Orange County Cooperative Extension is inviting you to a Parasite Management Workshop on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Carolina Holstein Barn on Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough.

Presenters will be Lauren Langley, Orange and Alamance area livestock extension agent, and NC State University Extension meat goat specialist Jean-Marie Luginbuhl.

The workshop fee is $17 per person and preregistration is required by October 16. To register, call Lauren Langley at 919-245-2058 or email her at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu, or visit orange.ces.ncsu.edu.


BoCC To Discuss Streamlining Animal Control Regs.

ORANGE COUNTY – Orange County Commissioners will consider a uniform animal control ordinance when the board meets Tuesday.

The county’s Animal Services department is looking to streamline animal control regulations so that the towns and county operate under the same set of rules.

When the board first reviewed the changes last June, multiple dog owners came out to protest.

Many said the changes didn’t take into account different conditions in the rural and urban areas. Others worried that the rules would scrap the unofficial designation of “watchdog,” instead recognizing only trained and registered sentry dogs.

The board will also honor former state senator Ellie Kinnaird for her many years of public service in Orange County.

The board meets at 7 o’clock at the Department of Social Services in Hillsborough.