Duplin County animal shelter closed for parvo outbreak

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – One animal shelter in ENC has been shut down due to a highly contagious disease that mainly affects dogs.

Duplin County Animal Services officials said on Monday that there had been an outbreak of parvo at the county’s animal shelter. Because of the outbreak, the shelter is closing for 21 days.

Officials said that dogs in the shelter would remain there for the next two weeks, but did not say what their fate would be once that time had passed.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), all dogs are susceptible to canine parvovirus, although some dogs are at greater risk than others. These include puppies between 6 and 20 weeks of age, unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated dogs, and certain breeds, such as Rottweilers, Dobermans, Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, and English Springer Spaniels.

The AVMA says that the signs of parvovirus infection vary from dog to dog, depending on the severity of the infection. These are some of the important signs to watch out for are lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, severe and often bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating, fever, or low body temperature (hypothermia).

The AMVA says that if your dog shows any of these signs, you should immediately contact your veterinarian. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can quickly cause dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock. This can lead to death, with most deaths occurring within 48 to 72 hours after signs first appear.

According to officials, all dogs in the shelter would have to be removed on February 26th, and the staff would sanitize the shelter before reopening it on March 4th.

Officials said that cats are not affected by the outbreak.