ITHACA, NY – The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person jogging on the 300 block of Monroe Street in the City of Ithaca. The bite occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

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The dog is described as a basset hound wearing a black collar with two tags, one black with silver writing on it and the other tag was yellow. At the time of the bite, the dog appeared to be a stray as there was no owner accompanying the animal. The dog was last seen in the area of Monroe Street between Second and Third Streets in the City of Ithaca.

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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