Parvo shuts Macon-Bibb animal shelter room

jgaines@macon.comJune 5, 2014 

One room of the Macon-Bibb County animal shelter is under quarantine, following a puppy’s diagnosis with parvo, government spokesman Chris Floore said Thursday.

This is the second time this year a parvo diagnosis has caused a quarantine and euthanization of puppies at the shelter.

On this occasion, one puppy of a litter of six that had been dropped off at the shelter tested positive for parvo. All six were euthanized, and the shelter’s isolation treatment room -- but not the entire shelter -- is under a three-day quarantine, Floore said by email.

The room will be monitored by one technician and will be cleaned three times a day until the quarantine is lifted, Floore said. Other dogs in the quarantine room will be watched, and no others will be taken in or removed until the quarantine is over.

In January, a positive-parvo test on two puppies taken into the shelter sparked a two-week quarantine and euthanization of 10 puppies.

Previous outbreaks of parvo led to quarantines and euthanizing puppies at the shelter several times over the past few years, including October 2009, August 2011, August 2012, September 2012 and July 2013.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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