PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A Berkshire County animal shelter has temporarily closed as a safety precaution after they discovered an outbreak of Canine Parvovirus.
The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter says they have closed the shelter to the general public for 14 days to protect the animals from infection and protect the public from spreading this disease.
The shelter is reminding dog owners to make sure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations. They say Parvo is very contagious, spread through dog feces, and through people and dogs that have been in contact with the feces. Contrary to popular belief, it is not airborne.
"Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, weakness, and fever. If your dog exhibits these
symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately, as the illness is often fatal. If
you encounter a sick animal, do not approach the animal. Call your Animal
Control Officer or Police Department for assistance," the shelter writes on their Facebook page.