Parvo outbreak shutting W.Va. shelter for 2 weeks

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The Preston County Animal Shelter is closing through Sept. 30, putting adoptions and drop-offs on hold because of an outbreak of parvovirus.

The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/PDeRZG) says the shelter planned to close Sept. 27-30 anyway. It typically cleans out the facilities while the Buckwheat Festival is under way in Kingwood.

Shelter manager Courtney Austin says some puppies dropped off about a week ago tested positive for the virus but are now doing well. It's possible the results were false positives, but she says the shelter will close as a precaution.

The affected puppies went to a rescue group late last week, and no animals that were exposed to them have been adopted.

Parvo is a potentially life-threatening illness transmitted through animal feces.

All dogs at the shelter have been vaccinated.

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Information from: The Dominion Post, http://www.dominionpost.com

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