ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department sent out a notice Sunday asking residents to help identify a dog that reportedly bit someone early Sunday.

Police say a resident was bitten by a medium-sized white dog at about 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, while walking on Sears Street in Ithaca. The white dog was accompanied by a brown dog with a docked tail, police said in a news release. After the person was bitten, the dogs ran from the area.

Police said they searched the area but were unable to find the dog. The person who was bitten was encouraged to seek medical treatment.

The Tompkins County Health Department is asking anyone with information about the dogs’ whereabouts to call them at 607-274-6688. When a dog bite occurs, the Tompkins County Health Department typically sends out a notice to attempt to locate the biting dog to verify its vaccination status and observe the dog over a 10-day period to rule out a rabies infection.

Kelsey O'Connor

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