TAVARES – Lake County Animal Services shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares, reopened today under a veterinarian’s guidance after last week’s confirmed cases of parvovirus.
“We have been working under the close supervision of our veterinarian and she feels confident we have eliminated the spread of the virus,” said Brian Sheahan, Community Safety & Compliance director. “The shelter is now reopened with full services including dog and cat adoptions, intake, and night-drop kennels.”
The shelter closed May 1 for extensive cleaning after dogs tested positive for the highly contagious virus. Animal Services management chose to err on the side of caution and close the shelter to the public while following veterinary protocols for disinfecting the building, surrounding areas and transport vehicles.
Canine parvovirus is highly resistant, often life-threatening viral disease in dogs that affects the intestinal tract, according to the ASPCA. Symptoms include lethargy, severe vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. If you have adopted a dog from the shelter within the last two weeks that is showing these signs, bring your dog to your veterinarian immediately.
Due to last week’s events, Lake County Animal Services Rabies Clinic & Adoption Event scheduled for May 17 will be rescheduled.
To find out more about Lake County Animal Services, or to donate funds to help with operations at the shelter, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt, visit the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, or call 352-343-9688.