MANATEE -- Three dogs have been euthanized at Manatee Countys Palmetto animal shelter as a precautionary measure after testing showed they had developed a highly-contagious viral disease, an official said Wednesday.
One stray that was picked up Friday was found to have the virus, and two other dogs tested positive on Sunday, said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf, whose office is at the Palmetto shelter.
Dog walking at the shelter has been curtailed, and the whole facility has been thoroughly scrubbed to ensure that the other 100 or so dogs remain free of the canine parvovirus, which can produce a life-threatening illness, according to the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The countys downtown Bradenton shelter, with about 15 dogs in it, is operating normally, said Weiskopf.
Only recently, the Palmetto shelter separated adoptable animals from strays that are quarantined for a period in order to ensure theyre healthy, said Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. The change helps to control the spread of infection, she said.