Bibb Animal Welfare shelter under partial quarantine after parvo death

pramati@macon.comJuly 8, 2013 

The Bibb County Animal Welfare shelter’s adoption area is currently under quarantine after a puppy adopted from the shelter last week died Friday from parvovirus.

Animal Welfare also euthanized five other puppies as a preventative measure to keep the parvo from spreading, shelter Director Sarah Tenon said. Tenon said the issue has been reported to the state Department of Agriculture, which will send an inspector to the shelter Tuesday.

In the meantime, Tenon said, the quarantined area is being cleaned and disinfected three times a day for a three-day period. Other parts of the shelter aren’t affected, she said.

Tenon said Irving Martinez, a former candidate for state Senate, adopted a puppy Wednesday, and it died Friday from parvo.

Two of the five puppies at the shelter were tested for the virus, she said. Though one of the puppies came back with a negative result, all five puppies were euthanized because of the 10-to-14 day incubation period for parvo.

Tenon said she’s been in contact with owners of four of the six other puppies the shelter adopted out over the past week. None of the owners has reported any health issues. One of those dogs was tested for parvo, but the test was negative.

“We’re very sorry for Mr. Martinez and the loss of his puppy,” Tenon said. “It’s not our intent to adopt out any sick puppies, especially ones with parvo.”

Martinez is eligible for a refund, Tenon said.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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