The Walker County Animal Shelter is under quarantine until next Monday due to a suspected outbreak of canine parvovirus that killed a handful of dogs.
Canine parvovirus isn’t transmitted to humans; the quarantine is meant to prevent people from passing the virus from a shelter animal to a dog at home. Shelter employees also are watching the shelter dogs to make sure no others succumb.
Shelter Manager Alison Smith urged dog owners to make sure their pets’ parvovirus vaccination shots are current.
Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...