ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department is searching for a dog that bit a person at the Ithaca Dog Park on Saturday, Sept. 26 around 4 p.m. The search is being conducted to determine if the dog is rabid or not.

“The dog is described as a medium sized, brown and white, short haired mixed breed,” the health department said. “It was off leash and approached a small dog that was with its owner. The person was bitten by the medium sized dog when picking up their small dog.”

The department is trying to verify the dog’s vaccination status and health of the dog for a 10 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,” the department stated.

Anyone with information regarding this dog is urged to call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at (607) 274-6688.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com