A Pennsylvania teen and his dog are being hailed as heroes after they saved a girl from being attacked by a fox over the weekend, but the canine may have to be put down.
Five-year-old Madison Hazen was playing outside her home when the fox came running into the back yard and suddenly attacked the girl. Madison explained:
I was down there, and the fox was coming around. It got my pant leg, and I had to run.
1. Five-year-old Madison Hazen (pictured) was playing outside her home when the fox came running into the back yard and suddenly attacked the girl.
Fortunately for Madison, Ricky Howard, 13, and his dog, Domino, saw what was happening and rushed to rescue her. He said:
I kicked it, and he came out when it jumped here. I ran up and got a shovel and started beating on it.
Before the boy was able to prevent the fox from resuming the attack, Domino ran out of his cage and grabbed the animal. Madison said:
(The fox) came around again, and it bit the dog three times before it got me.
Madison ran off to her parents, who said they are thankful that Ricky and Domino were there to help their daughter.
2. Ricky Howard, 13, and his dog, Domino (pictured), saw what was happening and rushed to rescue her.
Jared Hazen, Madison’s father, said:
We’re thankful for a neighbor like Ricky and a dog like Domino. She probably wouldn’t still be here. She could have got mauled. We’re thankful, real thankful.
Days after the attack, the health department said that the fox had tested positive for rabies.
Madison and Ricky got multiple rabies shots, but Domino must be quarantined for 90 days. Ricky’s family was told that their Husky may have to be euthanized. Ricky said:
He’s always been a good dog, always been protective and loves kids. He just did what he would always do.
Domino was reportedly vaccinated a long time ago, but under Pennsylvania law, dogs are required to get a rabies vaccine every three years.
3. A teen and his dog save a five-year-old girl from a rabid fox.
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