SUFFOLK -- Tail wagging, Jackson scooted around his home in Orchard Cove Friday wearing a lamp shade type guard around his neck.
The 13-week-old Shih Tzu will spend the next 6 months under house arrest of sorts. Earlier in the week, a fox attacked him in his backyard on Orchard Cove Court.
"Brought the dog out to go potty, and, then, all of a sudden, I heard my daughter start screaming, 'Mommy, there's a fox! There's a fox!,'" recalled Keisha Murray. "By the time I came out here, he has my dog pinned down, biting the heck out of him."
Murray threw some of her children's toys at the fox, which eventually let go of Jackson and scaled the privacy fence that surrounds the backyard.
Because of Jackson's age, he hadn't received a Rabies shot. Typically, veterinarians give the vaccination to puppies at about 16 weeks (or 4 months) of age.
After the attack, a doctor gave Jackson the vaccination. People with the health department said Murray can keep him at the home, but for 6 months, he's supposed to stay in a cage to make sure he is clear of any problems.
"I'm glad that's an option, 'cause it's either that or we have to put him down, which I can't put my kids through that," Murray told 13News Now. "Depending on the area or neighborhood that you live, you have to be always careful, like, check your surroundings first before you put your dog out, our any animal, or even your kids out, 'cause now, I have to think twice when my kids want to go out and play, so be very careful with that."