TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—A dog who bit someone at the Roy H. Park Preserve in Freeville is being sought to determine whether or not the animal is rabid.

The Tompkins County Health Department is attempting to find the dog for a rabies vaccination check. The bite took place at the preserve on Irish Settlement Road in Freeville on Sunday, Aug. 29 at around 3:30 p.m.

The dog was described as a “smaller, medium sized, short haired, black dog, possibly with white on its feet, resembling a lab mixed with a smaller breed.” The dog was accompanied by a man and woman, plus two other dogs.

The man was described as in his late 20s, around 5’11” with glasses and a blonde ponytail. The woman was described as around 5’3″ with shoulder-length dark brown hair. The other two dogs were not involved in the incident.

“The Department seeks to verify vaccination status and health of the biting dog through an at home observation over a ten-day period,” said the health department. “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 regarding this dog is urged to call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at (607) 274-6688.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at