Tompkins County Health Department

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department is asking the public for help identifying a dog that big a person on Ithaca College’s campus Monday.

According to a news release, a dog described as a long-haired “Husky-type” dog bit a person at about 3 p.m. Monday at Boothroyd Hall. The dog was mostly black and gray with a small amount of orange fur. The dog was reportedly running loose at the time of the bite, but had a collar with a tag with the name “Dakota.”

The health department wants to verify the dog’s vaccination status and observe the health of the dog over a 10-day period, the news release said. If the dog can be located and found to be healthy, rabies can be ruled out and the person does not need to receive post-exposure treatment for rabies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at 607-274-6688.

Kelsey O'Connor

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