ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department is trying to locate a dog that bit a person at the dog park Tuesday afternoon.

The health department said a dog described as a “short-haired, Shepherd-type puppy or young dog, with blond and brown-streaked fur (brindle) and ears that stand up” bit a person at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the dog park on Taughannock Boulevard. Further, they said, “The dog was accompanied by a slender young man, with light blond and black hair, wearing a Cayuga Dog Rescue t-shirt and a woman with bright red dyed hair. The couple was driving a gold or champagne-colored Toyota Highlander.”

The health department wants to verify the vaccination status and health of the dog that bit a person over a 10-day period. If they are found to be healthy, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and the person who was bitten will not have to go undergo rabies post-exposure treatment.

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

Kelsey O'Connor

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