Dog may have rabies in James City Co.

Posted at 10:41 AM, May 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-20 10:42:43-04

The Peninsula Health District is looking for a large grey dog, possibly a Rottweiler mix, that bit a child on May 9, 2013, near the intersection of Cardinal Court and The Maine W in James City County.

Officials say if this dog is not found, the victim may have to undergo post exposure treatment (shots) for the prevention of rabies.

Once found, the animal will not be taken away from its owner – only placed on an in-home confinement period of 10 days, officials say.

Anyone who has seen an animal that fits this description in that area is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District – Williamsburg Environmental Health Office at (757) 603-4277.

After hours, please contact the appropriate animal control office below:

Newport News/Poquoson Animal Control: 595-7387

York County Animal Control: 890-3601

James City County/Williamsburg Animal Control: 253-1800

Virginia state law requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated between 3 and 4 months of age, and thereafter, to maintain protection against rabies.