Macon Bibb County employees and volunteers continue to work to contain two dangerous diseases.
Community members have been dropping off cleaning supplies to help the infected area. Parvo, which is spread through feces, can be fatal for dogs. Parvo can't spread to humans. The shelter is also contaminated with Giardia, which is a treatable intestinal parasite. Giardia can spread to humans.
The shelter also turned to the Non-Profit Group Central Georgia Cares to help clean out the contaminated space in hopes of saving around 50 dogs.
The outbreaks of Parvo and Giardia forced animal control officials to put down 18 puppies.
Interim Director of the shelter Sgt. Robert Carr says, "That was at the recommendation of the State and the vet, because they are most succeptable to Parvo."
The shelter will remain closed for the next three days as volunteers clean the building with bleach.·
Chairman for Central Georgia Cares, Patti Jones, says "Given the limitations of the age and the condition of the building we will clean it as well as we can to eliminate the disease."
Both groups are asking for the publics help. "We do not want to put down a massive amount of animals if we don't have to. That's one of the things we are trying to avoid," says Carr.
Jones is asking the public to help any way they can. "We're looking for chicken wire...looking for some shovels, wheelbarrows, water hoses," say Jones.
The facility is expected to open on Friday. Once the animals return they will continue to be quarantined for 14 days.
If you'd like to volunteer to help clean the Macon-Bibb County Animal Control or would like to donate supplies call Central Georgia Cares at 478-746-9401.