Woman strangles rabid fox attacking her in her backyard
A woman trying to fend off a rabid fox that was biting her in the leg reached down with one hand to hold shut its mouth and with the other strangled it.
“I couldn’t do anything else to get it away from me,” Tammy DuBois, 52, of Pittsgrove, told NJ.com “I don’t like to kill anything.”
The attack occurred July 18 shortly after she heard rustling in some bushes while she was walking out to her backyard garden.
DuBois says the fox ran out and bit her leg multiple times, puncturing her skin.
She tried to escape into her house but couldn’t while the animal gnawed on her leg, DuBois said.
“It was biting at my leg, I had to do something,” DuBois said.
She grabbed the animal’s snout with one hand and the fox’s neck with her other hand, she said. The fox struggled to get free but soon went limp from being choked.
She cleaned and bandaged her badly bleeding leg and called her husband, who took her to a hospital, where she began a two-week series of rabies treatment.
Animal control officers retrieved the dead fox and sent it to the state for tests, confirming it had rabies.
DuBois is the only human attacked by a rabid animal so far this year in Salem County, officials said.
Superintendent accused of going No. 2 on track resigns
The school superintendent accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school’s track has resigned.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the Kenilworth school board accepted Thomas Tramaglini’s resignation July 26. In an email and voicemail sent to staff, the board said it became clear his continued service became “too much of a distraction.”
Tramaglini is charged with public defecation, lewdness and littering. A court hearing is pending.
Authorities say surveillance video caught Tramaglini in late April after an early-morning run at Holmdel High School.
Police said staff members were watching to see who had been leaving human feces on the property.
His lawyer, Matthew Adams, issued a statement saying that Tramaglini will continue to fight the allegations and that his resignation should not “be construed as an acknowledgement of guilt.”
Neither Adams nor authorities have said why Tramaglini allegedly did what police allege.