Central Ohio shelter closes after dogs catch virus

HEATH, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio animal shelter has temporarily closed to the public after a litter of puppies contracted a contagious viral disease and died.

Director Lori Carlson says the Licking County Humane Society is closed while workers clean and disinfect the facility in Heath to rid it of any traces of parvovirus.

The disease spreads through animal waste and direct contact between dogs. It can create intestinal and heart problems for the animals.

WCMH-TV in Columbus (http://bit.ly/1nhFoxO ) reports another puppy that had the virus is responding to treatment.

Carlson says the shelter is awaiting more test results before it decides when to reopen.

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Information from: WCMH-TV, http://www.nbc4i.com

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