Genesee County Animal Control closed due to parvo

Genesee County Animal Control is closed due to a parvo case.
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 11:50 AM EDT
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GENESEE CO., Mich. (WNEM) - Genesee County Animal Control is closed due to a parvo case.

The shelter announced the closure on their Facebook page.

“We’re running a cleaning protocol right now and we use a product called Rescue which is a hydroperoxide, so it’s noninvasive, it’s non-corrosive, it’s very easy on the animal,” said Jay Parker the director of Genesee County Animal Control.

The facility is undergoing a deep cleaning over the next week after an outbreak of parvovirus.

“We ran into two cases of parvo. We actually ran into a case yesterday and then a case today,” Parker said.

Parker said one of the dogs who came into the shelter Tuesday night had a bad case of parvo. That dog is now back with its owner and receiving treatment, but the other one wasn’t as lucky.

“We had a puppy that we had to euthanize at one point because the parvovirus was so bad, and it was just inhumane to put it through something it might not live through,” Parker said.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious and deadly virus that attacks dogs’ intestines, causing severe diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, which is something the shelter says is extremely dangerous for them.

“Once we’ve got the parvovirus in here and the animal sheds that virus, it can be through the fecal matter, it can be through urine, through saliva, and we have so many volunteers that may have touched that dog and then touched door handles,” Parker said. “So, we are cleaning the shelter we’ve been cleaning and mopping all day long and we will do that for the next several days.”

The shelter will remain closed until Thursday, June 8.

“We will be deep cleaning our entire building to ensure the safety of the animals in our care,” the center said in a Facebook post. “We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we have our animals’ best interest as our top priority.”

If you have a missing animal, you can contact the shelter with detailed information, and they will be in contact.

If you have any questions, contact the shelter at 810-732-1660.

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