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Rock Hill Woman, Neighbor Treated After Exposure To Rabid Fox

A Rock Hill woman bitten by a rabid fox this week says a neighbor she’d never met became her hero when she arrived at his doorstep, “screaming, crying” and gripping her hands around the wild animal’s neck.

Joni Brockelbank, 49, told the (Rock Hill) Herald on Wednesday afternoon that she was attacked in the Silver Lakes neighborhood near Newport by a 20-pound fox, believed to be less than a year old.

On Wednesday morning, state health officials confirmed that the fox was rabid.

Recovering while on vacation on the South Carolina coast and undergoing rabies treatments, Brockelbank said that when the fox lunged at her chest and bit her, the animal was “relentless.”

She said she was on a routine 7:30 a.m. jog on Monday through her neighborhood when she spotted the fox.

“When I saw him, he was already a little behind me ... and it caught my eye, I wondered what it was,” she said.

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