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County Humane Society closes kennels after virus confirmed

September 01, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Humane Society of Washington County on Friday closed its dog adoption kennels after two dogs were diagnosed with a potentially fatal virus.

One dog was euthanized after both animals tested positive for parvovirus, which is the most infectious canine disease in the United States, according to Katherine Cooker, manager of development and public relations for the Humane Society.

The condition of the other dog, a puppy, was unknown Friday night, Cooker said.

The Humane Society is not accepting any new adoptions, and has isolated the rest of its dogs until further notice, Cooker said.

The adoption kennels for cats and other animals still are open. The virus does not transmit to animals other than dogs or to humans, Cooker said.

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Humane Society officials said the virus, which is found in fecal matter and easily can be spread, likely was brought into the kennel from a dog in the community. Cooker said dog owners should call a veterinarian if their dog shows any symptoms of the virus.

Symptoms could include diarrhea, vomiting, high fever, lethargy, listlessness and loss of appetite.

Cooker said dog owners should make sure their animals have all of their shots, as the virus can be prevented by a commonly given vaccine.

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