By Brent Taylor
The Limestone Animal Rescue And Adoption Shelter is not taking any animals in or adopting any out after six dogs died in a parvo outbreak.
GROESBECK (May 18, 2011)- The Limestone Animal Rescue and Adoption Shelter, or LARAS House, is dealing with a parvo outbreak that left six dogs dead as of Wednesday.
The first reported case was discovered Sunday, when a dog adopted on Saturday started showing symptoms.
The dog was taken to a Waco clinic where it was diagnosed with parvo.
Byron Riddle, vice president of the shelter, says handling the situation has been easier with the help of local supporters, who have donated several items necessary to fight the virus.
“We’re taking precautions to make sure we get this handled,” Riddle said.
“It’s something every animal shelter goes through from time to time, unfortunately.”
Until the outbreak is contained, the shelter is not taking any new animals in, or adopting any out.
The shelter’s president, Pat Person, has experience dealing with parvo outbreaks.
Person ran another shelter for 10 years before taking over the Limestone County facility.
Donations of bleach, paper towels, canned puppy food and baby food can be made to the shelter by contacting Byron Riddle at (254) 747-3076.
Riddle is meeting people at the gate of the shelter to minimize the spread of the disease.
Parvo is a highly contagious, often lethal virus spread among dogs and cattle.
Symptoms include lethargy, lack of appetite, and clear, foamy vomit and diarrhea.