TAVARES – Due to confirmed cases of parvovirus, Lake County Animal Services shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares, will be closed to the public until further notice effective immediately.
“We have been working under the close supervision of our veterinarian and we are erring on the side of caution in closing the shelter fully in order to minimize the spread of the virus,” said Brian Sheahan, Community Safety & Compliance director.
The closure now consists of all services provided including dog and cat adoptions, intake and the night-drop kennels. The shelter is continuing to follow ASPCA protocols for this situation, and shelter staff members have been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the building, surrounding areas and transport vehicles.
Animal Services has been reaching out to anyone who has 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.