The Tompkins County Health Department needs to locate a dog that bit a person Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. along a side trail leading from Upper Buttermilk Falls to the La Turret.
The dog is described as a medium-sized black and white dog, possibly of the spaniel type, who was walking on a leash. There were two women, maybe in their 60s or 60s, one woman walking a small brown dog and another woman walking the black and white dog. After the bite, the women appeared to be walking along the path towards Hotel La Tourelle.
The Department seeks to verify the vaccination status and health of the biting dog through in-home observation over a ten-day period. If the dog can be located and observed in good health by the Department, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and post-exposure rabies treatment for the person who was bitten will not be necessary.
Anyone with information regarding this dog is asked to call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at (607) 274-6688. Staff are on call at this number to answer calls related to rabies and bites, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Department of Health is reminding the public of the importance of having bites checked as soon as possible to determine if post-exposure treatment for rabies is needed. Please keep your pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations and do not approach wild animals.
TCHD will be hosting a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the TCAT Bus Garage (737 Willow Ave., Ithaca) on Saturday, October 15e, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register online at: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/eh/rabies#clinics