Tompkins health officials looking for dog that bit a person on Dryden Road

The Tompkins County Health Department says they’re looking for a dog that bit a person on Saturday afternoon on the 1800 block of Dryden Road, to make sure the dog doesn’t have a rabies infection.

According to a release from Tompkins County, “the dog is described as a greyish brown pit bull or pit bull mix. The dog was wearing a red collar and running loose at the time of the bite.”

The bite occurred at about 1pm on Saturday, September 23, in the 1800 block of Dryden Road in the Town of Dryden, which is in Freeville near Hopshire Brewery, the Covenant Love Community School, and the New York State Police headquarters.

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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