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> Seeking a Dog Apr 02 2019

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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For more information contact: Cynthia Mosher or Kate Walker at 607-274-6688

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

(ITHACA, N.Y., APRIL 2, 2019) — The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person on the Ithaca College campus at Boothroyd Hall, near Coddington Rd. The bite occurred on Monday, April 1, 2019, around 3:00 PM.

The dog is described as a long-haired Husky-type dog, mostly grey and black with a small amount of orange fur. The dog was running loose at the time of the bite but was wearing a collar and a tag with the name “Dakota.”

The Department seeks to verify vaccination status and health of the biting dog over a ten-day 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.

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