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Fox attacks man in New Hartford, police shoot and kill animal

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The remains of a fox are being tested for diseases after the animal lunged at a New Hartford resident and a police officer Monday afternoon.

Officials say a man on Pheasant Lane was working in his yard when the gray colored fox attacked him, biting onto his pants. The man spun around and broke the animal's grip but the fox lunged again, forcing the man who shake him off. That's when the fox wandered into a wooded area nearby.

The resident called police and when officers arrived the fox came back out of the woods and headed towards the men. Police shot one round at the animal. The injured fox then lunged at the officer who then shot the animal three more times. The animal dropped dead about four feet from where the men were standing.

The animals behavior was consistent with an animal infected with rabies.

The resident was treated at St. Luke's Hospital for his injuries and for possible exposure to the animal's saliva. Fortunately, the resident did not suffer any puncture wounds from the animal's teeth.

The remains of the fox have been shipped to the New York State Department of Health in Albany for testing. The results are expected Wednesday afternoon.

Officials stress to immediately report any animal acting out of the ordinary and never approach an animal acting that way.

New Hartford Police are being assisted by the Oneida County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health in this case.

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