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Animal Control closed due to parvo
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Animal Control & Adoption Center

The appearance of parvo has prompted a change in operations for Warren County Animal Control.

Wednesday, the facility temporarily closed its doors to intakes and adoptions to give employees time to sanitize and care for their animals without potentially spreading the highly infectious disease.

“We received a litter of puppies who later proved to have parvo,” explained director Sherri Bradley. “Parvo is difficult to treat and has the potential to spread fast. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing the facility to the public so that we can deep clean kennels and care for any sick animals we have.”

Canine parvovirus is a gastrointestinal disease that occurs in dogs and is most dangerous for young puppies, who often lack inoculations against the disease and lose fluids too rapidly for their tiny bodies.

“The disease can cause the dogs to decline rapidly,” explained Bradley. “The dogs who get it often require dedicated care and the virus itself is easily spread by shoes. Limiting traffic to the shelter will help us to ensure we can clean properly, prevent more illness, and care for those who may become sick.”

Animal Control will be closed until Sept. 14. Owner-surrender intakes and adoptions will not be available during this time.