PET owners in South Shields are being warned to stay vigilant as there is a fox on the prowl.
Coun Alex Donaldson says a fox has been spotted numerous times lurking around the Cleadon Park Estate in recent weeks.
He’s urging people to make sure their pets, especially smaller animals, are kept safe.
Coun Donaldson said: “A fox has been seen in this area over the last few years but more so lately.
“People might be aware one is lurking about and they’re letting their pets out into their gardens at night.
“One was recently seen in the Lonnen, going to and from Cleadon Hills. And my younger son and I have seen one going up and down Cleaside Avenue. You can hear the cats and dogs making a noise at night too, probably because of the fox.”
Coun Donaldson has reported the fox to the council’s environmental health team.
A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “The council provides advice to residents who may be experiencing problems with urban foxes.
“We advise concerned owners if they have any vulnerable pets to ensure they are kept inside at night.
“Incidents involving foxes are not a common occurrence in South Tyneside as they pose a very small risk to domestic animals such as cats.”