A fox that bit three kids and scratched an adult Wednesday in Charlotte tested positive for rabies. 

The fox was sleeping in a flower bed at Primrose preschool in Steele Creek, when Melissa Knicely with CMPD Animal Care and Control said it woke up, made its way through a fence, bit two children, and scratched a teacher trying to fend the fox off.  Knicely said officers suspected rabies right away. 

Mecklenburg County officials have confirmed the county’s first case of rabies this year in a house pet.  A kitten in the 28205 zip code, which includes Plaza Midwood, tested positive for the disease. 

Veterinarian Margurette Straley  examined the kitten this week, before the county’s public health department euthanized and tested it. 

"It would scream and growl like a grown cat, so much that you would take a double take and go, “What is in that box?”  It was obviously very painful," says Straley.