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GROTON, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person near Groton Junior/Senior High School on Peru Road. The bite occurred Saturday, July 1, 2017, around 3 p.m.

The dog is described as a black and brown, short haired pit bull or pit bull mix, weighing around 50-60 pounds. The dog was reportedly being walked on a leash by a 5’ 5” woman with dark hair at the time of the bite. The person bitten was not aware the bite had broken the skin until after the dog had left the area, so further information was not obtained at the time of 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.

Jolene Almendarez

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