Macon police officer kills fox with a shovel

A Macon police officer used a shovel to kill a fox Wednesday night after a Summerhill Drive resident reported that one was loose in the area.

A woman called police about 8 p.m. By the time an officer arrived, the fox was in front of a house down the street, according to a police report released Thursday.

Police called the Macon-Bibb Animal Control office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Neither agency would respond, according to the report.

About 9:30 p.m., the officer, Shane Smith, returned to the yard where he’d seen the fox and spoke with another woman who asked to speak with his supervisor and “someone over him.” Lt. Danny Thigpen used a resident’s shovel to kill the fox and put the fox in a trash bag, according to the report.

Police have not released information on whether the fox was rabid or threatening anyone. A message left for the woman who called police was not immediately returned Thursday.