Woman injured in Fairhope fox attack is 9th victim in Baldwin Co. since last year

(IMAGE: mgn) Fairhope PD: Woman attacked by fox in Fairhope
(IMAGE: mgn) Fairhope PD: Woman attacked by fox in Fairhope

There was yet another fox attack in Baldwin County, making this the 9th attack since May of last year. The fox, likely rabid, lunged at a woman in a driveway in Fairhope. It happened in the Country Woods subdivision near 181 and 104.

"He was going after me relentlessly," said the victim Alicia Jennings.

Jennings says she soon fell to the ground and was within inches of its teeth.

"He has these razor sharp, lots of teeth and he was right there in my face. I was terrified," said Jennings.

The only weapon she had to defend herself were the scissors in her hand she'd been using moments before to break down boxes.

"The only thing I could think of was to attack him with the scissors and stab at him," said Jennings.

That bought her the time she needed to get in the house and call 911. Soon she realized she wasn't the only victim, her friend's dog had been bitten an hour earlier. The next door neighbor had a close call, too.

"The animal came flying right at us and started to attack my dog and I kicked it out of the way," said Robert Bilovesick.

Responding officers took out the snarling beast that had holed up under Jennings' car.

"Four shots to kill him. He just kept going. He kept shooting him. He kept going," said Jennings.

Jennings says she narrowly avoided a more brutal attack but must now endure painful rounds of shots for rabies treatment.

"It was like the scariest moment of my life," said Jennings.

While it's believed this fox was rabid, the police department says it disposed of it last night so it wasn't tested. In the future, the Fairhope Police Department says it's reaching out to the state to see what should be when an incident like this happens after hours.

This is the ninth fox attack in Baldwin County. None have been reported in Mobile County. The Baldwin County Health Department says it all started May 21st last year when three people were attacked the same day. Two people in Fairhope at Rock Creek's golf course and one man in Spanish Fort doing yard work. Four of the nine fox attacks have happened in Fairhope. There were no reports of fox attacks in 2017 in Baldwin County.