James City County officials search for dog that bit person

Posted at 4:50 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 16:51:02-04

JAMES CITY Co., Va. - The Peninsula Health District is looking for a tri-color, medium sized dog.

Officials said it bit a person on August 5, near the La Fontaine Townhouses located on Queen’s Way in James City County.

The dog was wearing a harness and was being walked by a female who was in her mid-20s with brown, shoulder length hair, according to officials.

If the dog is not found, the victim may have to undergo post exposure treatment (shots) for the prevention of rabies. Once found, the dog will not be taken away from its owner, only placed on an in-home confinement period of 10 days.

Anyone who has seen an animal that fits this description in this area is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District – Williamsburg Area Environmental Health Office at 757-603-4277. After hours, please call the animal control office at 757-565-0370.

Residents are reminded to report all exposures, enjoy wildlife from a distance, and make sure their family pets are vaccinated and protected against the rabies virus.

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