Tompkins health officials looking for dog that bit a person near Eco House

The Tompkins County Health Department says they’re looking for a dog that bit a person on Monday evening on Cornell’s north campus, to make sure the dog doesn’t have a rabies infection.

According to a release from Tompkins County, “the dog is described as medium sized, grey with brown or tan markings, upright ears and short but thick fur. It was accompanied by an adult male owner” near Ecology House, or Hurlburt House, on Country Club Road on the edges of Cornell’s north campus.

“The dog approached several people outside of Hurlburt House and bit one of them on the leg” around 7pm on Monday, April 24, officials say. “The victim spoke to the owner, asking if the dog was up to date on vaccinations, but did not obtain contact information.”

The Tompkins County Health Department said in their statement that they’re seeking “to verify vaccination status and health of the biting dog over a ten day period. If the dog can be located and observed to be healthy by the Department, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out.”

If health officials can’t rule out the possibility that the dog has rabies, the person who was bitten may have 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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