A Macon police officer fatally shot a fox suspected of being rabid Saturday as the animal chased him near the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Stadium Drive, according to Macon police.
An officer was dispatched to the 1500 block of Virginia Avenue just before 2 p.m. to check the area for a wild fox. He found the fox which appeared to be sick as it sat in the middle of the street, according to a police report.
A police 911 operator notified the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Macon-Bibb Animal Control, but both refused to respond to a “sick fox call,” according to the report.
Police officers notified Capt. Jimmy Barbee, the “officer of the day,” who drove to the area.
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At some point, the fox chased Barbee, and he shot it with his duty weapon, according to the report.
The fox was not tested for rabies because it apparently hadn’t bitten anyone. The animal had been spotted scaring children in the area earlier in the day, said Jami Gaudet, police spokeswoman.