State officials Friday put a 14-day quarantine on Bibb Countys animal shelter to check if the parvo virus found in two dogs has spread to other animals.
The shelter should reopen Oct. 5, said county spokesman Kevin Barrere.
No animals in, no animals out, Barrere said.
Two dogs that had been transferred to rescue groups were found Thursday to have the often-fatal virus, which can cause severe vomiting and dysentery, and respiratory and cardiac failure in puppies. A state Department of Agriculture official told the county Friday to shut down the shelter rather than just close and clean the areas where the dogs had been housed.
Fourteen days is the gestation period, Barrere said. We just want to make sure it has not spread. Sometimes theyll (quarantine) the cages for three days. Sometimes they do a three-day (shut-down) on the whole shelter. In this case, because the dogs had been there longer, or maybe they had walked through the front, theyll do a 14-day just to make sure it hasnt spread to the other animals.
Last month, the shelter shut down briefly after veterinarians found the virus in two dogs that had been picked up from the shelter.
Barrere said he did not know if the infected dogs are being treated or have been euthanized. Animal control officers will continue to pick up dangerous dogs during the quarantine, he said.
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