Update 1/3/17— See the most recent update on the shelter's outbreak here.
MENDOCINO Co. 12/31/16— Another dog at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter has tested positive for parvovirus and the shelter is now closed to the public and is under quarantine, according to a December 30 statement released by the the Mendocino County Executive Office. Anyone who has recently adopted a dog is instructed to watch for warning signs of parvo and contact shelter staff immediately. The statement notes the shelter may be ready to be re-opened January 3, but the closure affects both dog and cat kennels.
Parvo is an extremely contagious disease can be be spread easily by contact between animals and lives in soil and other materials for many years. Parvo contamination can be prevented with adequate vaccinations but can also be fatal for young dogs or those that aren't vaccinated. See more information here.
Anyone who recently adopted a dog from the shelter, particularly in the last 10 days, who is "exhibiting signs of being lethargic, dehydrated, vomiting and diarrhea please contact the shelter at 707-463-4427."
The Shelter, which is part of the county's Health and Human Services Department, was previously closed this fall in mid-Octover after the death of several dogs infected by parvo, and the shelter underwent decontamination measures at that time. Since then, Richard Molinari replaced interim shelter manager Mary Jane Montana, who oversaw the previous decontamination effort. as director on November 21.
Anyone missing a dog or cat can still come to the shelter to pick up their animal; the statement does not address how disease control measures are being implemented to prevent new intake animals
. The press release states the infected animal was identified during "routine" testing but does not explain how animals are being separated at this time. During the last outbreak, Montana explained the shelter does not have the ability to completely separate animals into a controlled "clean room" due to the shelter's construction.
The shelter recently held several adoption specials for the holidays. There is no current notice of the closure on the Animal Shelter's website, which states the shelter is open for regular hours this week. The press release was posted on the shelter's Facebook page on the morning of Dec. 31 although the shelter's previous post from Dec. 30 was encouraging adoptions.
Here's the full statement released by County CEO Carmel Angelo on Dec. 30. The statement does not provide information about the state of the dog who tested positive, the decontamination measures, or when the initial positive test occurred. We'll update with more information as it becomes available.
The Mendocino County Animal Shelter is currently closed to the public. During routine testing at the Animal Shelter, a dog tested positive for the disease Parvo. To ensure that the disease doesn’t spread and is contained, the shelter is closing the dog & cat kennels to the public & volunteers. This will greatly assist in the process of controlling the spread of the disease. If you have lost your dog or cat, owners can still come to the shelter and meet with staff to locate their pet. If you have adopted a dog in the last 10 days from the Mendocino County Animal Shelter and the dog is exhibiting signs of being lethargic, dehydrated, vomiting and diarrhea please contact the shelter at 707-463-4427. With preventive disease control measures in place the shelter is expecting to be open to the public on January 3, 2017. This is subject to change. The Mendocino County Animal Shelter will be updating the public with information on a routine basis. For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.
31 Dec. 2016 by Kate B. Maxwell