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Humane Society to reopen kennels

September 20, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS and JOSHUA BOWMAN

HAGERSTOWN - The Humane Society of Washington County plans to reopen its dog adoption kennels today after closing them Aug. 31 in response to an outbreak of canine Parvovirus, Humane Society spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said.

The shelter has not had a case of the potentially-deadly disease since Sept. 5, and staff feel it will be safe to reopen, Cooker said. The dogs had been confined to their kennels to prevent the spread of the disease, which is transmitted through dogs' fecal matter, she said.

At least two dogs were infected by a dog that was brought into the kennels with the disease, but only one dog had to be euthanized as a result of the outbreak, Cooker said.

Since closing the kennels Aug. 31, the shelter has accepted strays, but not pets given up by their owners, Cooker said.

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The kennels will resume adoptions and begin accepting owner surrenders again when it reopens at 9 a.m. today, she said.

Humane Society of Washington County Director Paul Miller encouraged dog owners to vaccinate their dogs against Parvovirus. If a dog shows symptoms of Parvovirus, which include diarrhea that is often bloody, vomiting, high fever, lethargy, listlessness and loss of appetite, Miller said owners should contact their veterinarian immediately and keep the dog confined and away from other dogs.

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