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> Seeking Dog to Rule Out Rabies Infection: Oct. 7, 2015

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Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For more information:
Adriel Shea or Skip Parr (607) 274-6688


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

(Ithaca, N.Y.) - The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a man near the Cornell Pedestrian Suspension Bridge. The bite occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

The dog described as small, with black and brown coloring, was being walked by a woman. The woman walking the dog was reported to be accompanied by a man walking a Sheba Inu dog breed that was not involved in the incident.

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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