AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — It was the scene of the attack on Cooley Street in Agawam, just 24 hours ago. “It was a really horrific scene. It was terrible” said victim Larry Gousse.
Gousse was in his backyard with his 10-month old son just steps away from him, when he was ambushed by a fox. “It bit the back of my leg. I tried to beat it off, I turned around and my girlfriend’s brother took a screwdriver and stabbed it. It started walking away and my landlord came out with a shovel and hit it like seven times and killed it. It was terrible” Gousse recalled.
He was rushed to the ER with bite marks in his left leg. “I went to the hospital yesterday, got all the shots, and I have to go back every 3 days, 3 times to get the rest of the shots. I hope it didn’t have rabies, but, if it did” Gousse trailed off.
The DEP picked up the fox, and it too will be tested for the disease. Gousse says it’s not uncommon to see the animals in the area.
“Once in a while we see them in the backyard but every time we approach them, they take off running. This one just up and attacked” he stated.
Now Gousse is considering building a fence to prevent something like this from happening to his son. “We’re definitely going to have to be out here with him at all times and something to get rid of them if we get attacked again. It’s pretty awful” he said. Gousse’s landlord will also spray around the perimeter to keep these kinds of pests out.
This is the fourth fox attack within a week in Western MA.