Health department seeks biting dog to verify rabies risk

ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department is trying to locate a dog that bit a…

ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department is trying to locate a dog that bit a person Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, on West Court Street between North Plain Street and North Albany Street. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The dog, accompanied by two women and another dog described as a Doberman Pinscher, is a short-haired medium-sized white or pale fur. The walker of the biting dog had brown hair in a ponytail and was wearing black pants and a white jacket. After the incident occurred, one of the women went into the Ballet Center of Ithaca and got some paper towels for the person who got bitten.

The health department is trying to verify the health and vaccination status of the biting dog by observing it at home over a 10-day period. If the department is able to verify full health, rabies infection risks can be ruled out and post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten won’t be necessary.

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at [email protected]
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