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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person in the field by Cornell University’s Hurlburt House (Ecology House) on Country Club Road in Ithaca. The bite occurred Monday night around 7 p.m., April 24, 2017. 

The dog is described as medium sized, grey with brown or tan markings, upright ears and short but thick fur. It was accompanied by an adult male owner. The dog approached several people outside of Hurlburt House and bit one of them on the leg. The victim spoke to the owner, asking if the dog was up to date on vaccinations, but did not obtain contact information.

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.