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usc-va_Officials with the Peninsula Health District are searching for a small, short-haired, dark-colored dog that bit a person Tuesday in the vicinity of Mesa River, Monticello Woods Subdivision in Williamsburg.

According to a news release from the Virginia Department of Health, if this dog is not found, any bite victims will have to undergo post-exposure treatment for the prevention of rabies.  

If found, the dog will not be taken away from its owner, only placed on an in-home confinement period of 10 days, the release stated.

The Department urges residents to report all exposures and make sure to vaccinate their pets in accordance with Virginia state law — which requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated between three and four months of age.

Anyone who has seen a dog that fits the above description is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District – Williamsburg Area Environmental Health Office at 757-603-4277 or James City County Animal Control at 757-253-1800.