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> Seeking a Dog May 10 2019

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


Friday, May 10, 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., MAY 10, 2019 — The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person in the Fall Creek neighborhood, near the intersection of North Aurora St. and Cascadilla Ave. The bite occurred on the evening of Tuesday, May 7th.

The dog is described as a large, mixed breed dog with short legs and medium-length dark brown and black streaked fur (brindle) with longer hair on the ears and legs. It is believed that the dog’s name may be “Odie”. The dog was accompanied by a tall, thin man with short brown hair who was wearing glasses and a red sweater.

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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