Pet fox euthanized without checking owner’s permit

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN)– The owner of a pet silver fox spoke in front of city council after the animal was euthanized, despite the owner’s permit.

Sunday, Oct. 6, Chloe Kristensen noticed her one-and-a-half year old fox, named Valo, had escaped from her yard.

“I immediately contacted everyone, because I know how big of a deal this is. Because a fox is not a dog. People will hurt him.”

By Wednesday, Kristensen said a wildlife officer called to tell her the fox was euthanized.

Valo was accidentally caught in a neighbor’s trap. The man called the city of Fairborn, which contracts the company Advanced Wildlife Management to handle all incidents involving wild animals.

Kristensen was told the company responded, and sent the animal’s photo to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to identify it.

She was told ODNR relayed to the men that the fox was likely someone’s pet.

The Mayor of Fairborn, Dan Kirkpatrick, said ODNR officials told him they established the animal was wild, and to follow protocol.

“She heard one thing from ODNR, we heard another thing from ODNR. So we’re going to be looking into that.”

Kirkpatrick said if the fox had been wearing a collar, or a microchip, it would have cleared up some of the confusion.

Kristensen wanted to help others from going through the same thing, “I want to know what happened, and how we can fix this so it never happens again.”

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