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Search for dog in bite incident at Mulholland Wildflower Preserve in Tompkins County

Tompkins County Environmental Health officials are on the lookout for a dog that bit a person on Tuesday afternoon at Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. The incident, which occurred around 4:30 p.m. on November 28 near the Six Mile Creek area in Ithaca, has raised concerns about possible rabies infection.

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The dog, believed to be a large black Labrador Retriever or a mix, was accompanied by a woman with long hair and a smaller brown labradoodle. Both dogs were on leashes at the time of the incident. Officials emphasized the need to locate the dog to ensure it is not carrying rabies. According to Tompkins County Whole Health, a ten-day observation of the dog is necessary to confirm its health status and vaccination records, which could eliminate the risk of a rabies infection.

Health authorities have stressed the urgency of this situation, highlighting that if the dog’s health cannot be verified, the person bitten may face a series of painful rabies treatment injections. They also used this incident to remind the public about the importance of securing owner information in such cases and ensuring that pets are up-to-date with rabies vaccinations. The public is advised against approaching wildlife and to seek immediate medical attention for any animal bites.

Tompkins County Environmental Health Division has urged anyone with information about the dog to contact them at 607-274-6688, with staff available around the clock to respond to this public health concern.