Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

STAR­TLED An­thony Schofield was sav­aged by a fox as he curled one off on his BOG!

The dis­turbed pooer was treated in hos­pi­tal for cuts, bruises and a sus­pected bro­ken wrist af­ter the an­i­mal sneaked into his home in Lewisham, south Lon­don, and in­ter­rupted him mid-turd.

An­thony, 49, told how he leapt from the crap­per in shock when the fox pushed its nose through the door as he sought to re­lease his choco­late hostage.

He gave chase, with his trousers round his an­kles, but the fox also at­tacked his part­ner, Tanny Chap­ple, 35, and their cat Jessie.

It then sank its teeth into An­thony’s arm and re­fused to let go. “I just had to chase af­ter it. It was so quick,” said An­thony, an un­em­ployed car­pen­ter.

“The fox had pushed its nose through the door. I jumped off the toi­let. In the mean­time it had run into the front room and got the cat.

“It had the cat round the neck. She was in shock, bleed­ing from her face. It locked it­self on to my arm but still had the cat as well.

“It was un­be­liev­able – the strength in the lit­tle thing. There was blood every­where. It was like a strug­gle for my life.”


His part­ner Tanny joined in the fight and had her fin­ger gnashed by the bushy-tailed beast, which was bat­tling all three vic­tims at once.

An­thony even­tu­ally freed him­self from the an­i­mal’s jaws by haul­ing it out­side while it was still latched on to his arm.

He was treated at hos­pi­tal for cuts and bruises while his 14-year-old res­cue cat Jessie sus­tained facial in­juries and is still too scared to en­ter the liv­ing room af­ter the at­tack.

He added: “It was so fright­en­ing. It was like a wild an­i­mal.

“We were con­cerned for our neigh­bour’s baby next door. There are a lot of foxes around here. It was an ut­ter sur­prise.”

He says he un­der­es­ti­mated the small fox’s strength and be­lieves even his three-and- a-half-year-old Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier Clementine – who was shut in the kitchen at the time – would have lost out to the fear­some fighter.

Now wor­ried An­thony is urg­ing neigh­bours to be vig­i­lant. And he hopes his shock­ing story acts a wake-up call to par­ents and pet own­ers across Bri­tain.

He added: “At the time I wanted to kill the fox.

“But it must have been in real trou­ble, re­ally hun­gry.

“It pan­icked – I don’t blame it for that.”

Lewisham Coun­cil has is­sued emer­gency safety ad­vice af­ter a string of fox at­tacks in south Lon­don.

Last year, a shop­per was robbed of his gar­lic bread in an al­ley­way in Or­p­ing­ton.

And last Novem­ber a “cocky” fox was mown down by a Land Rover shortly af­ter at­tack­ing a teenage cou­ple wait­ing for a bus in Black­fen.

Also in Novem­ber, a health­con­scious fox stalked a Sid­cup shop­per be­fore mug­ging her of fruit and veg.

In Fe­bru­ary, one-mon­thold baby Denny Dolan had one of his fin­gers ripped off by a fox in his Down­ham fam­ily home. And last month a pack of foxes caused more than £1,700 of dam­age to a van dur­ing a re­peated at­tack in Bex­ley­heath.




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