The Franklin County Animal Shelter has some difficult days ahead as a strain of the parvovirus has taken hold in the county.
Several dogs have come in to the shelter, the latest bunch being five puppies from a litter on Pea Ridge Road.
Because of the infections, the shelter says they have had to euthanize some of the animals.
"It's important that those people in those areas can take their animals to their veterinarian, or make sure their shots are up to date to protect them," said Trudi Johnson.
The Parvovirus is highly contagious and primarily affects puppies. Once the virus takes hold, the infected can suffer from fever, vomitting and bloody diarrhea.
"But even before that, if you're puppy is lethargic, kinda laying around, not drinking, eating, that right there should be a flag," said Johnson.
It's a threat Joseph Caudill is taking seriously, even though his dog "Duke" is fourteen.
"It's nobody but me and my wife, all the kids are gone. So, he's part of the family," said Caudill.
He says he'll be on his guard, since one of the infected dogs was found near his neighborhood, on Holmes Street.
"Try to protect him, keep him away from other dogs. All I can do right now."
Officials at the shelter say that it's important that you do take your dog to the vet first to get the virus diagnosed, instead of bringing them directly to the shelter.
Johnson says the shelter is not taking any more animals until the virus has run it's course.
She says that could effect adoption events in the near future.
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