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Health Department Seeks Information About a Dog to Rule Out Rabies Infection

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Health Department Seeks Information About a Dog to Rule Out Rabies Infection

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person at the Ithaca Dog Park off of Taughannock Boulevard in Ithaca. The bite occurred Saturday, June 3, 2017, around 1 p.m.

The biting dog is described as a tan pit-bull. After being bit on the hand, the victim spoke with the dog’s owner but did not obtain contact information. The owner of the pit-bull is described as a white male, around 5’11” who was wearing a t-shirt and cargo shorts.

The Department seeks to verify the vaccination status, as well as the health of the biting dog through a ten day observation period. If the dog can be located and observed to be healthy by the Department, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and rabies post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten will not be necessary.

Anyone with information regarding this dog is urged to call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at (607) 274-6688.