Metter Animal Shelter closed due to parvovirus

Metter Animal Shelter closed due to parvovirus
(Source: WTOC)

METTER, GA (WTOC) - A pair of dogs with Parvovirus have animal control workers in Metter locking down their shelter and testing to see if other animals might be sick.

Crews at the shelter got word on Friday. Two dogs they'd picked up as strays that had been adopted to new homes had gotten sick and tested positive for the Parvovirus.

That's why they're quarantining the animals still here and cleaning more than normal. They hope they can contain the problem without other animals getting sick.

"We're investigating into this, as well as the health of the dogs that are still out there. And we're not planning to get rid of any dogs," said Tim Platt, with the Metter Police Department.

They urge those who've recently adopted an animal from the shelter - especially younger dogs - to monitor them closely for symptoms like vomiting, lethargy, and get them checked immediately.

They feel if they can identify any other cases and treat them as soon as possible, none of these dogs will have to suffer.

Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can be deadly. Symptoms of parvo are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea.

You can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure he's up-to-date on his vaccinations.

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