A 5-month-old puppy tested positive for Parvovirus on Thursday, forcing the shelter to quarantine 48 dogs in their whelping room.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture inspected the shelter, and issued the quarantine.
The whelping room is kept separate from the general dog population. It includes nursing mothers, puppies and small dogs. The shelter director said, so far, one dog tested positive for the disease. At this point, they continue to monitor the other animals under quarantine.
"The shelter is still open for adoptions," Lieutenant Cheryl Shepard said. Shepard is the Director for the shelter. "We are taking extra precautions to make sure our animals are healthy. We have one employee taking extra precautions as they handle the animals."
There is a lock on the door to the quarantined animals. They will be in the room for 14 days. If there is another exposure to Parvo, the dogs will have to be quarantined from that point on for another 14 days.
There are about 200 other dogs in the shelter that are looking for a new home, and are adoptable.
Shepard said they take a lot of precautions, but Parvo is everywhere and spreads quickly.
The shelter is also urging people to vaccinate their animals.
"Vaccinations can protect your animal from Parvo," Shepard said.
Until the quarantine is lifted, Shepard urges people to not drop their dogs off at this location.
"If they are having to re-home their animals, we are hoping they seek alternatives, if they have to, we won't turn away anyone," Shepard said.
On July 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be an adoption event and educational seminar at the shelter. It is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. The phone number is 770-499-4136.
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