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> Seeking Dog to Rule Out Rabies Infection

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Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For More Information Contact:
Audrey Balander or Clayton Maybee (607) 274-6688
Environmental Health Division

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

(ITHACA, N.Y., December 11, 2013) — The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a man along the South Hill Recreation Trail, near the Six Mile Creek Reservoir in Ithaca. The bite occurred Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at approximately 2:00 p.m. 

The dog was medium sized and had long grey speckled hair. The dog resembled an Australian Shepard. The dog was with a girl of approximately 10–15 years of age. 

If the dog can be located and observed to be healthy by the Health 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.