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Posted at 5:28 PM ET, 11/ 1/2010

Va. woman's pet fox held at animal shelter

By Washington Post editors

Update, 7:45 p.m.:

Sitterson told The Post's Paul Duggan late Monday that animal-control officials have agreed to give her back her fox. She said she successfully argued that the licensing requirement does not apply to foxes purchased from breeders outside Virginia. She said she bought her fox from a breeder in the Midwest about seven months ago.

Original Post:

Swiper, the Silver Cross Fox, is being held at an animal shelter after his owner dressed him up in a skeleton costume on Halloween and took him for a walk, WTOP reports.

Fairfax County Police say Alayna Sitterson didn't have the proper permits to own the fox, whom she took for a walk at Reston Town Center Sunday morning. Sitterson has been charged with unlawful possession of wildlife.

Swiper is 7-months-old, neutered, litter-box trained and vaccinated for rabies, according to Sitterson. He will remain at the animal shelter until the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries decides whether it will issue a special permit.

By Washington Post editors  | November 1, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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