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Peninsula Health District searching for dog that bit person in Newport News

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Posted at 7:47 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:47:21-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Peninsula Health District is looking for a dog that bit someone in Newport News earlier this week.

Health officials say the dog - described as a long-haired, dark brown German Shepherd-type dog - bit the person late at night on March 31. The incident happened on Henry Clay Road beetween Jefferys Drive and Ivy Farms Road.

If the dog is not found, the health district says the victim may have to complete post-exposure treatment (shots) to prevent rabies.

Once the dog is found, it will not be taken away from its owner. It will only be placed on an in-home confinement period of 10 days.

Anyone who has seen a dog in the area that fits the above description is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District - Peninsula Health Center at (757) 594-7340. After hours, you are asked to contact Newport News Animal Serices at (757) 595-7387.

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

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

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