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Pasco adoptions resume after parvo outbreak

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© The adoption center at Pasco Animal Service has resumed dog adoptions after being closed for almost a month. A parvovirus outbreak killed 8 dogs. © The adoption center at Pasco Animal Service has resumed dog adoptions after being closed for almost a month. A parvovirus outbreak killed 8 dogs.
© The Ferlita family of Wesley Chapel adopted a Chihuahua mix dog from Pasco Animal Services. The adoption center had been closed for almost a month because of a parvovirus outbreak that killed 8 dogs. © The Ferlita family of Wesley Chapel adopted a Chihuahua mix dog from Pasco Animal Services. The adoption center had been closed for almost a month because of a parvovirus outbreak that killed 8 dogs.
LAND O' LAKES, FL (WFLA) -

Last month, Pasco County Animal Services discovered an outbreak of the deadly parvovirus in their adoption center in Land O' Lakes.

Lise Meinke is the shelter supervisor. She says, "we had a suspect case where there was a lot of vomiting and diarrhea in one of the dog's cages so we tested for parvo and it did come up positive."

Seven dogs from the adoption center and one from a holding building died from the virus. The last case was discovered on July 6th. Since then, no other dogs have been infected.

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Meinke says they have made some changes to how they clean the shelter. Workers now change boots and clothing when moving to different sections of the kennel. They also use a bleach solution for killing any virus.

The adoption center has been opened for about two and a half years. Initially the policy was to keep every other kennel empty. Currently they fill every available space to increase the number of animals available for adoption.

Meinke says they also have so many animals come in that they have not choice but to fill every available space.

I asked Meinke if there was any concern that filling every space in the kennel might make it more likely for disease to spread. Meinke said, "there's absolutely a concern and that's why we're practicing the most stringent protocol to keep these cages clean."

Adoptions resumed on Tuesday and despite the parvo outbreak, many families returned to the shelter to adopt.

Mike Ferlita adopted a Chihuahua mix. He says he is not worried about the outbreak.

"I was a little concerned. I know it's definitely deadly but give it a chance and came back. I have faith that they do good here."

On Saturday, July 27th, the shelter is having their 'Dog Independence Day' from noon to 5pm. Adoptions are free at this time. However, if you live in Pasco, there is a ten dollar county license fee.

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