Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Terrorist Attack in New Kensingtion

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of America's Great Newspapers, a fox, possibly rabid, terrorized two New Kensington women at their respective homes before pet dogs at one of the residences attacked and killed the wild animal Saturday afternoon.

"I was scared out of my mind. I was shaking for about an hour after," Lillian Pfeifer, the Greenbriar Avenue woman who first encountered the fox, said today. "This was not a normal behaving animal," said Mrs. Pfeifer, a former farm girl familiar with many animals. "Foxes are shy and they're not supposed to be attacking you," she continued. "My only thought was to keep it as far away as possible."

Mrs. Pfeifer said she had been returning bowls to her next door neighbor when the fox tried to crash through the storm door. She said she waited until it seemed the coast was clear before trying to go home.

When she stepped outside, the fox lunged at her. She used the mop to fight him off and continue backing toward her own property until the fox backed off. But, she said, before she reached her back door, the fox latched onto the cuff of her pants, and chomped into the sneakers she was wearing.

Eventually, Mrs. Pfeifer won that battle and called 911, the state Health Department and other neighbors to warn them about the crazy acting animal.

Minutes after Mrs. Pfeifer foiled the fox attack another neighbor's pet dogs, four houses away, were fighting off the foxy intruder. The fox apparently gained entry at the second home through a doggie door on the side of Vicki Kowalski's house.

Ms. Kowalski said she was just finishing a shower when she heard the commotion in her dining room. She peeked in the room and saw a fight between the fox and her 2 dogs.

Representatives of the state Game Commission retrieved the fox carcass, which is being examined to determine whether it had rabies.


At January 18, 2007, Blogger bluegreenplant said...

Brings new light to the expression "Crazy like a fox."

If it is found not to have rabies, I think we should check to see what these two women have been singing as the walk around the fox's habitat.

At January 18, 2007, Blogger Scott said...

Details of the first attack are sketchy. There are unconfirmed reports the Ms. Kowalski was singing "Foxy Lady" in the shower, which the fox overheard. He couldn't help but come in through the doggie door and investigate.


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