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Animal shelter closes after two deaths


There have been two (2) unconfirmed cases of puppies, adopted from the Louisa County Animal Shelter, that have died from exposure to the canine parvovirus.

Canine parvo is a contagious virus that spreads from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces.  There are two distinct presentations of the virus, which are cardiac and intestinal.  The cardiac type is less common and attacks the heart muscle with death occurring suddenly after a brief period of breathing difficulty.  The intestinal type causes severe vomiting and severe diarrhea containing blood and mucus in the feces.  It is an inflammatory disorder of the intestine especially the colon.

Canine parvovirus will not infect humans and cats.

As a precaution, the Louisa County Animal Shelter will be closing down temporarily and suspending all adoptions and rescues starting today, Friday, June 10, 2011 through Tuesday, June 21, 2011.  During this time, the Shelter facility and grounds will be scrubbed to eradicate any possible canine parvovirus.  All dogs will be under quarantine and observation for any signs of the canine parvovirus.

Again, the reports were unconfirmed; however, due to the deadly and highly contagious nature of the parvovirus to dogs, Louisa County is taking a proactive approach to ensure their health and welfare.

During this period, the Shelter will be fully staffed and will still intake animals in accordance with Virginia law.  Should you have any questions regarding in-take or any animal complaints or concerns, contact the Animal Shelter at (540) 894-4219.