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Oklahoma sheriff's deputy attacked by pet fox

Associated Press Published: October 5, 2012

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Sequoyah County deputy suffered scratches but no major injuries when he was attacked by a pet fox while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Sheriff Ron Lockhart says the fox, named Roxie, attacked Deputy Dwayne Frizzell last week. The sheriff tells Fort Smith, Ark., television station KHBS ( ) that the fox is now in quarantine at a Sallisaw veterinary clinic and is being tested for rabies.

The sheriff says the fox, which lived inside the home as a pet, ran up the deputy's leg and up to his throat.

Lockhart says the fox's owners had a permit from the Department of Agriculture to rehabilitate the fox — but that the permit had expired in July.

The sheriff says the fox scratched but did not bite the deputy.