Local shelters issue warning about deadly dog virus


by Tiffany Tarpley

MILWAUKEE--Milwaukee animal shelters are warning pet owners to vaccinate their dogs against a potentially deadly virus. 

According to a joint news release from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) and the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), MADACC has seen 16 cases in 18 hours.

"It's typically known as a puppy disease we're seeing it in a lot of the adult dogs throughout the area that are coming in through the public," explained MADACC Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Huber. " That's telling us that somebody's dogs not been vaccinated at all or have minimum vaccination."

Parvovirus spreads among dogs when a dog  touches infected fecal matter.  Symptoms include lack of energy, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.  The virus has not spread at local shelters.

The WHS Milwaukee Campus is hosting a pubic vaccine clinic from 1pm-30m Tuesday July 30th.



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