On Friday at 2:10 p.m., a woman was bitten by a dog near the Meriter Hospital parking ramp, police say.
The owner of the dog yelled to the victim to help catch the dog. When she tried to catch it, the dog bit her on the hands.
According to police, the dog is described as a small, white dog with a tight, curly coat, possibly a bichon or miniature poodle.
The dog owner is described as a black woman in her 30s.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact Madison's Public Health Department.
If the animal is not found, the woman may be required to complete a series of painful and costly injections to prevent rabies, police say.