Health officials: Dog located

WATERTOWN, NY — The Jefferson County Public Health Service (JCPHS) received numerous tips as to the location of the dog that bit a small child on Friday night at a Watertown pet store.

Thanks to our community, the child will not have to undergo post exposure rabies
treatment at this time. The dog will be monitored for 10 days.

Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It can take several weeks to several months for rabies symptoms to appear. If an animal does not have active rabies at the time of a bite, it cannot transmit the virus. If the pet appeared healthy at the time of the bite, it can be confined at home for 10 days and observed; no post-exposure treatment will need to be given.

As a reminder, keep your pet up to date with rabies vaccinations. The spring JCPHS Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be held at Dog Control from 5-7pm on the following dates:

March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20

For more information about these clinics follow us at Facebook/jcphs or look on our website,


Jefferson County Public Health Service news release Feb. 25, 2019