ITHACA. N.Y. –– The Tompkins County Health Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a dog that bit a person on S. Geneva St. Tuesday afternoon.

The dog bite occurred near the Henry Saint John Building in the City of Ithaca around 3 p.m.

The dog is described as a white, possibly cattle dog mix, with tan spots. It was wearing a blue nylon harness and accompanied by a man approximately 5’8,” in his late 20’s, early 30’s with shoulder length blonde hair, and no shirt.

TCHD is looking to verify the vaccination status and health of the biting dog over a ten-day period. If the dog can be located and is healthy, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and rabies post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten will not be necessary.

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

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