BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old girl in Maine was bitten in the leg by a rabid fox.
Julia Davis, of Bath, was playing outside a friend’s house when a fox ran at the girls and chased them inside. The fox bit Davis on the back of her leg.
Police Chief Michael Field says the male homeowner kicked the fox until it ran outside.
The friend’s family dog, Socks, killed the fox.
Police say it was confirmed Thursday that the fox had rabies.
Julia has been receiving the necessary shots.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture spread more than 300,000 rabies vaccine baits in northeast Maine earlier this month to stem the spread of the disease. The baits are designed for raccoons but are also effective at targeting foxes and coyotes.