ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department announced that they are searching for a dog who bit someone last week in order to monitor the dog for rabies.

The bite took place outside of Walmart in Ithaca on Thursday, Oct. 15 around 9 p.m., according to the health department. The dog in question is described as black and brown, a “rottweiler or similar large breed.” The dog was accompanied by an older couple.

“The department seeks to verify vaccination status and health of the biting dog over a 10-day period,” the release said. “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.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Environmental Health Division at (607) 274-6688.

Matt Butler

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