Marshall animal shelter temporarily closes

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A deadly disease effecting dogs strikes the Marshall Animal Shelter.

Shelter employees are working around the clock and into the weekend to do a deep clean after a severe parvovirus outbreak. 

The animal shelter is shut down for intakes and adoptions due to contamination. parvo is a deadly virus and highly contagious disease. It’s often found in puppies but also unvaccinated adult dogs. 

“The bad thing about the parvovirus is the way is spreads. So anything that the puppy with parvo has come into contact with, those objects can bring the virus to other animals. So it makes it extremely contagious,” said Michele Lee Tanner, veterinarian All Cypress Veterinary Hospital.

There’s no cure so the best prevention is vaccination.

“Unfortunately people aren’t vaccinating those puppies and their bringing them up there and their spreading the virus,” said Kelly Colvin, Marshall Police public information officer.

Treating parvo costs upwards of one-thousand dollars and chances for survival are only 50-percent. The shelter cannot afford to treat all the dogs so many unfortunately had to be humanely euthanized since the disease causes extreme pain. 

“We did have some that weren’t in the area that suffered the most contamination so we were able to save some of the dogs but they are currently under quarantine and moved to another location. We were able to get a few of the dogs out of the shelter all together, either to fosters or potential adopters and so far none of the dogs have shown any signs,” Colvin said. 

They’re using a Terg-O-Cide formula and bleach. Since bleach is toxic to dogs, they couldn’t house any during the process. They expect to open on Monday.

Humans and cats can be carriers of the parvovirus but do not get sick or show symptoms. Veterinarians say it’s cheaper to vaccinate dogs than treat them. 

Also, the kitten Colvin held during the interview is available for adoption along with her brother and sisters and momma cat. Contact the shelter for further details at (903) 935-4530.

The All Cypress Veterinary Hospital in Marshall will host a community event and open house this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can aks vets questions, learn about animal care and vaccinations. Bring your kids because they will have food, bounce houses and activities. 

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