Watch Fox Attack Woman in New York Front Yard

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The wild canine tested positive for rabies

A home surveillance camera caught the terrifying moment a rabid fox attacked a woman in the front yard of her Ithaca, New York, home.

In the 45-second clip, you see Sherri Russo standing near a driveway with her phone to her ear when, all of the sudden, a fox runs up from behind her and grabs her leg. She kicks at the small canine and attempts to shake it off of her, but it continues to attack, grabbing ahold of her hand and refusing to let go. 

"The more I tried to get him to leave me alone, the more voraciously he came after me," Russo told Inside Edition. "He just wouldn't stop, and my fear was that he was going to trip me up and I would fall and he woud attack my face."

When her neighbor ran up with a large stick, the fox ran off.

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"I will be grateful to him for the rest of my life and just thank God he heard me," Russo said.

After the fox was caught and euthanized, it tested postiive for rabies. 

Russo, who suffered bite and scratch wounds, was treated immediately to prevent a rabies infection. 

According to CBS News, Ed Russo, a meteorologist at CBS Harrisburg affiliate WHP-TV, shared the video on social media of the fox attacking his cousin. 

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