When Animal Control Officer Cliff Ballena went to check, the family walked him about 15 minutes down from the trail’s start and showed him the fox. Ballena noticed the animal “had a fishhook stuck in its leg, and several large gashes elsewhere on its body,” the shelter said. He estimated the fox was about a year old.
Ballena then took the fox to Wildlife Vet Care, where he underwent surgery to get the hook out and to stitch other cuts on his legs. Officials with the wildlife group said the fox probably “injured himself trying to escape the bush,” according to Chelsea Jones, a spokeswoman with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.