After fox goes on the run, missing pet is back home safe

Brittany Smalley's pet fox "Swiper" escaped the night of March 13 when a storm blew her front door open. These updates are from her Facebook page, facebook.com/brittany.smalley.3.

Brittany Smalley's pet fox "Swiper" escaped the night of March 13 when a storm blew her front door open. These updates are from her Facebook page, facebook.com/brittany.smalley.3.

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman's pet fox is back home, safe and sound, after going missing earlier this week.

Brittany Smalley tells NBC12 (http://bit.ly/2n6udkj ) that her fox Swiper escaped the night of Monday, March 13 when a storm blew her front door open.

As Smalley searched for Swiper, she alerted news reporters about her plight. Henrico Animal Control issued an ominous warning, saying the fox might be put down if there's an "incident."

After someone reported spotting the fox Thursday near a laundromat, Smalley said she used Swiper's favorite fruit, cantaloupe, to lure him into his carrier and took him home. She says he's mostly been resting since then.

Media outlets report Virginia allows residents to keep foxes as pets as long as they're not the red-colored ones. Red wild foxes are native to the state.

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