Tenon: “Parvo outbreak taken care of”; animal welfare shelter still quarantined

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb’s Animal Welfare Director says the shelter has finally gotten rid of its latest outbreak of parvo. 

“Right after the quarantine period was supposed to be up, the next day we had a positive test for parvo,” Sarah Tenon, the director for Macon-Bibb’s Animal Welfare Center, said. 

She’s aware, and says she and her staff are on top of it. 

Tenon says parvo is common at highly-trafficked shelters. 

“Or it could be just a simple isolated case that would just run through your shelter,” Tenon said. 

A litter of puppies tested positive for the virus this month. 

“That particular area is where we expect to see the parvo because that’s how it’s designed. It’s an observation treatment room,” Tenon said. 

She believes it’s difficult taking in dozens of animals the shelter see each week, especially when their medical history is unknown. 

According to Tenon, any dogs, including the original litter, were put down to prevent the virus from spreading. 

“At this point we have no puppies in there, so we’ll get to sterilize it and it’ll air out over the next few days,” Tenon said. 

Other areas of the shelter haven’t been affected. 

Tenon adds the best precaution pet owners can take is to keep their animals disinfected. Separate them from strays, and keep them vaccinated. 

But she warns, even then, animals can still contract the virus. 

“Vaccination is a preventative medicine for parvo, but even in that we’ve seen dogs that have been vaccinated still come back and contract parvo,” Tenon said. 

Shelter workers have quarantined the area affected. 

Tenon believes daily operations should return to normal in a few days. 

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