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> Seeking a Dog 2019-08-29

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


Thursday, August 29, 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., August 29, 2019) — The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person at the Ithaca Dog Park on Taughannock Boulevard in the City of Ithaca. The bite occurred on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The dog is described as a short-haired, Shepherd-type puppy or young dog, with blond and brown streaked fur (brindle) and ears that stand up. The dog was accompanied by a slender young man, with light blond and black hair, wearing a Cayuga Dog Rescue t-shirt and a woman with bright red dyed hair. The couple was driving a gold or champagne-colored Toyota Highlander.

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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