Update (3 p.m. Tuesday) — Thanks to help from the public, the Tompkins County Health Department has located the dog that reportedly bit a person on the Ithaca Commons this weekend.

The dog will be confined for a 10-day observation period at the owner’s home. A biting dog, cat, ferret or livestock animal that remains healthy for the subsequent 10 days could not have transmitted rabies to a bitten person, the health department said in a news release.

The Tompkins County Environmental Health Division can be reached at (607) 274-6688 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The same number can be used after business hours for urgent inquiries.

Earlier — 

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department is asking the public to help identify a dog that bit a person on the Ithaca Commons so they can rule out rabies.

According to the health department, a yellow mixed lab reportedly bit a person near Casablanca Pizzeria around 2 a.m. Saturday.

The dog is described as a yellow mixed lab with a purple leash and harness. At the time of the bite, the dog was accompanied by a man who was playing a silver guitar and wearing a green zip-up hoodie, green shorts and gray shoes, the health department said in a news release.

The health department is trying to learn the vaccination status and health of the dog over a ten-day period. If the dog can be located and observed to be healthy by the health department, the risk of a rabies infection can be ruled out and a 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.

Featured image shows the dog in question and is provided by the Tompkins County Health Department.:

Kelsey O'Connor

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