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ITHACA, NY – The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a man jogging on the section of the South Hill Recreation Way between Hudson Street and Vincenzo Iacovelli Park. The bite occurred around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

The dog is described as small breed, with long black and white fur, and was being walked off-leash by a man. The man walking with the dog is believed to be approximately 5’ 8” tall with dark hair and beard.

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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Michael Smith

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