Shooting fox was husband's only choice

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Pat Vrana got up, mowed the lawn and was headed inside for a bite to eat when her husband Don said something about seeing an animal that might be a fox in the yard.

One week later, the couple is relaxing at home, but still shaken by the bizarre sequence of events that have followed.

It's a story that has gone around the world: Woman attacked by fox, shot by husband.

Late night comedians have made jokes. Hateful comments have been made about the husband on news web sites and in blogs.

And in another twist, after testing negative for rabies, a second test shows that it had rabies. "When they said that I just felt sick. I was dizzy, queasy. I couldn't see," she said.

After speaking with her doctor in Ocala and workers at the Marion County Health Department, "They think it doesn't warrant the shots so I won't be taking the shots," she said Monday.

The paramedics who treated her a week ago said the fox didn't break the skin on her left leg. "As far as they could find it did not bite me," she says. "I don't know what I'm going to do."

Pat Vrana is stretched in a recliner that day after coming home from the hospital.

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