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UPDATE: Fox Released Back to Owner

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UPDATE

A fox who was seized by Animal Control officers after being discovered dressed in a skeleton costume on Halloween has been released back to his owner.

Animal Control officers released “Swiper” back to his owner around 7 p.m. Monday, November 1. After further consultation with biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, officials there determined that the fox was a domesticated breed and that the owner did not need a specific permit for the pet.

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Swiper, a Silver Cross Fox, was seized by Fairfax Co. authorities. (Photo: Fairfax Co. Police)

The fox who was seized by Animal Control officers after being discovered dressed in a skeleton costume on Halloween has been released back to his owner.

Animal Control officers released “Swiper” back to his owner around 7 p.m. Monday, November 1. After further consultation with biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, officials there determined that the fox was a domesticated breed and that the owner did not need a specific permit for the pet.

Original article below:

Animal Control Officers charged a 20-year-old Herndon area woman with Unlawful Possession of Wildlife after she was seen walking a fox wearing a skeleton costume at Reston Towne Center around 10:30 a.m. on Halloween.

Officers charged Alayna Sitterson of Sterling after it was determined she did not have the proper permits issued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The Silver Cross Fox, named “Swiper,” is seven months old and according to the owner, is neutered, litter-box trained and vaccinated for rabies.

Swiper was seized by officers and will be held at the Animal Shelter until it is determined whether or not DGIF will issue the required special permit.

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