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Fox that attacked officer can't be tested, and the reason is kind of gross

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County Health Department says a fox that bit a police officer can't be tested due to the head wounds the fox sustained when it was shot by an officer.

The police officer involved in the incident has been notified.

According to a statement, Albany Police Officer Richard Taylor responded to 2811 W. Doublegate after getting reports of a fox chasing people in the area around 4:30 p.m. As he approached the area, the fox ran out and attacked him, biting and scratching Taylor's right leg.

He fired his gun five times at the fox, killing it. Taylor was then taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for rabies treatment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an animal with signs of rabies should be treated in this way:

The animal should be euthanized and its head removed and shipped, under refrigeration, for examination by a qualified laboratory.

Experts say people are recommended to continue preventative measures in situations like this.

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