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> Seeking a Dog Aug 27 2018

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


Monday, August 27, 2018

For more information contact: Skip Parr at 607-274-6688

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

(Ithaca, N.Y., August 27, 2018) — The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person walking on the trail to Second Dam in the Six Mile Creek area of Ithaca. The bite occurred Saturday, August 25, 2018, at approximately 2:00 PM.

The biting dog is described as a German Shepherd. It was on a leash with a gentle lead head collar. It was accompanied by two smaller, possibly black and white, dogs. The three dogs were being walked by a woman with dark brown hair.

The Department seeks to verify the 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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