Tompkins health officials looking for dog that bit a man near Cornell suspension bridge

October 8, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The Tompkins County Health Department says they're looking for a dog that bit a man on Sunday morning near Cornell University's pedestrian suspension bridge, to make sure the dog doesn't have a rabies infection.

The small dog, with black and brown coloring, was being walked by a woman who was accompanied by a man walking another dog who appeared to be a Shiba Inu, who wasn't involved in the incident. The Tompkins County Health Department said in a 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 man 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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