WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Hampton-Peninsula Health District is looking for a dog that bit a person on July 20 at Merchant’s Square in Williamsburg.
According to the Peninsula Health District, the animal is described as a “large-sized, fluffy brown and black dog.”
If the dog is not found, the victim may have to undergo post-exposure treatment in the form of shots for the prevention of rabies. Once found, the dog will not be taken away from its owner, only placed in an in-home confinement period of 10 days.
If anyone has seen an animal that fits this description, they are asked to contact the Peninsula Health District – Williamsburg Area Environmental Health Office at 757-603-4277. After hours, residents can contact James City County County Animal Control at 757-565-0370.
The Peninsula Health District reminds residents 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.