Michele Dias

Michele Dias

Polo, a Chihuahua and Jack Russell cross, was said to have been “shaking” and “screaming” after the fox targeted him in his back garden

A dog has been left with its tail paralysed after a fox attacked it in a back garden and entered its owner’s home.

Polo, a Chihuahua and Jack Russell cross breed, was targeted in Wood Street Village, near Guildford, at around 10pm on Sunday night (May 31).

He was left “shaking” and “screaming” according to owner Michele Dias, and is now unable to move his tail.

Ms Dias said: “I was in the kitchen and the fox was attached to my dog when he ran in, he dragged it in trying to run away.

“But the fox wouldn’t let go. He went for me, he wasn’t leaving.

“I was shouting and screaming and he still wouldn’t go. I closed the fox in the kitchen and locked my dog upstairs in the bathroom.

“The dog was screaming, I think it was a mixture of fright and shock, and wanting to fight back.

“I came back down to get a broom to see if I could get [the fox] out but he must have heard me coming down because he was gone.

“The fox got up on the counter and helped himself to the food I had prepared. There is a fox smell left in the kitchen.”

Polo was taken to the vets the following morning to see whether he needed jabs. He was put under sedation and had x-rays taken.

It was discovered he had suffered a puncture just above his tail, at the base of his spine.

Ms Dias has also been left with scratches on her hands as a result of the incident.

he added: “I am a bit concerned that the fox felt totally comfortable coming in and was still trying to kill Polo when I’m trying to take him off him.

“It was particularly aggressive.

“It’s a little unusual in our street. People have got children and livestock. I want to make people aware that they aren’t friendly.

“When the dog is out in the evening I have got the back door open to keep an eye on him. [The incident] completely shook me. I can’t leave the door open.

“It’s one thing to come into the home but to try to attack me as well.”

Ms Dias added that Polo’s tail is “just dead” and he is behaving more yappy and anxious about everything, including barking at the moon.

She said the fox was still appearing at the bottom of the garden on Thursday (June 4).

“I’m trying to stop him going down there,” she said, “I’ve put him on a lead so he can’t run off, there’s been a few modifications.”

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