Tompkins County Health Department seeking dog to rule out rabies

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This is a joint release from the Tompkins County Health Department. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit press releases, email

ITHACA, NY – The Tompkins County Health Department is due to locate a dog in the city of Ithaca on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at around 9:00 a.m. in the city of Ithaca that has bitten a person in one of the blocks between Meadow Street and North Plain Street and between Buffalo Street and Esty Street.

The dog is described as a medium-sized, short-haired, brown dog that resembles a boxer or a boxer mix. The dog was on a leash and was being led with several other dogs by a medium-sized woman with shorter brown hair. The dog broke away from the woman and approached the bitten person.

The department tries to check the biting dog’s vaccination status and health through home observation for ten days. If the dog can be located and observed as healthy by the department, the risk of a rabies infection can be excluded and rabies follow-up treatment of the bitten person is not necessary.

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

Marked: bite, Community announcements, dog, Health department, rabies