Animals Quarantined After Dog Tests Positive For Parvovirus

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, October 9 2012 at 5:14 PM, Updated: Tue, October 9 2012 at 5:36 PM

Something was odd about the behavior of a stray dog brought in on Saturday to the Josephine County Animal Shelter. That lead to staff to run some tests which came back positive for Parvovirus. A highly contagious bacteria that is spread from dog to dog, by physical contact, usually bodily fluids.

Public Health Director, Diane Hoover shut the facility down immediately and has remained closed while they maneuver animals around, test them for the virus and sanitize. Because the virus has an incubating period, it's unknown if any other dog have it. The shelter expects to be back open on Tuesday.

However, following recent talks about privatizing the shelter and adoptions portion of the facility, budget concerns worsen. A week without people adopting, the possibility of further sickness, and zero animal patrols on the roads, this only adds to their problems.



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