TAVARES – Due to confirmed cases of parvovirus, Lake County Animal Services, under the direction of the shelter veterinarian, will be closing the shelter for dog adoptions and intake effective immediately.
Animal Services is also temporarily closing its night-drop kennels, which residents sometimes use to drop off strays or give up pets after regular business hours.
“The shelter is following ASPCA protocols for this situation and are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the shelter as well as closely monitoring the health of our shelter dogs,” said Brian Sheahan, Lake County Community Safety & Compliance Department director.
Dog adoptions are expected to resume when approved by veterinary staff.
Animal Services has contacted all people who have adopted dogs within the past two weeks and has notified local veterinary clinics about the situation.
Canine parvovirus is an extremely contagious and often life-threatening viral disease in dogs that severely affects the intestinal tract, according to the ASPCA. Parvovirus is highly resistant, as it can live on surfaces for extended periods of time. Symptoms include lethargy, severe vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
If you have recently adopted a dog from the shelter that is showing these signs, bring your pet for veterinary care immediately.
The shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, will remain open to the public for cat adoptions.