Pineville girl describes rabid fox attack

Boone's grandfather, Robert Jenkins, came to the rescue by shooting the fox.

By Nikki

PINEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) For the first time, the 12-year-old girl attacked by a rabid fox while she waited for the school bus on Monday in Berkeley County talked about the experience.

Two days since the attack, Sade Boone returned to St. Stephen Middle School. She says she's doing fine, but admits she doesn't like walking to the school bus alone.

On Monday, she was walking to the school bus stop when she felt like something was following her.

"I thought it was a cat, and then I thought it was a raccoon because of the mouth and after a while it started chasing after me," said Boone.

Boone said she ran, but the fox caught up with her, knocking her to the ground. She fought back.

"I was just strangling it with my own hands. My whole hand could fit around his neck, and I was just choking it and trying to move my leg out of its mouth," said Boone.

During the struggle, Boone screamed for help.

"My cousins, my aunt, and my mom were trying to hit it with the stick so I could get loose," said Boone.

But nothing seemed to work until her grandfather came to the rescue.

"She turned him loose and I shot him," said Robert Jenkins, the girl's grandfather. "I was so proud of her because it didn't seem like she panicked at all."

The fox tested positive for rabies, which means Boone has been in and out of the hospital.

"I had to take her to Trident and she got 16 shots because they had to give her shots all around her wound and another shot in her arm," said Jessica Chandler, Boone's mother.

Boone says she's feeling better but is weary about straying too far from home.

"I'm still scared to get out the car sometimes and walk outside," said Boone.

Boone's next doctor's visit is scheduled for Aug. 27.