The Ministry of Health is looking for a dog that bit a person in a wildflower reserve

The Tompkins County Health Department said it was looking for a dog that bit a person Wednesday at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve to make sure the dog was not infected with rabies. The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. on August 24 in the area off Giles Street in Ithaca, about halfway between the first and second dams along Six Mile Creek.

The dog is described as “one of two medium to large sized black dogs that were walked on a leash”, according to the Department of Health. “The person walking the dogs was described as a white man with dreadlocks, who was walking with a woman.”

The Tompkins County Health Department said it was to “verify the biting dog’s vaccination status and health during a ten-day observation period. If the dog can be located and observed in good health by the Department, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out.

If health officials cannot rule out the possibility that the dog has rabies, the person who was bitten may need to undergo a series of rabies treatments that include painful injections.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at 607-274-6688.

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