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Authorities looking for small dog that bit person in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Peninsula Health District is looking for a small, short-haired, dark-colored dog that bit a person on Tuesday.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of Mesa River in the Monticello Woods neighborhood in Williamsburg.

If the dog isn’t found, the victim may have to undergo post-exposure treatment for the prevention of rabies.

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

Anyone who has seen the dog is asked to call the Peninsula Health District – Williamsburg Area Environmental Health Office at 757-603-4277.

After hours, please contact the James City County Animal Control at 757-253-1800.

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.  Please contact your Veterinarian for further information.