PERTH AMBOY — The Perth Amboy Animal Shelter reopened for operation on Saturday Oct. 13 after being closed for two weeks to be cleaned and disinfected.
On Sept. 29, the shelter was notified that one of the sheltered dogs that had been taken to an animal hospital for treatment had contracted Parvovirus. Parvo, or CPV as it’s more commonly known, it is a highly contagious viral disease that is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in dogs and is one of the most common serious dog disease problems encountered in animal shelters.
Dr. Faith Perrin, the shelter’s veterinarian, had instructed that the shelter remain closed for two weeks so that animal control personnel could clean and disinfect the shelter property. Since that time the shelter has remain closed and no animals were accepted until the cleaning process was completed. Only one other dog was found to have the virus and was treated.
This virus is only harmful to dogs and not humans.