PALMETTO -- A shelter official said three dogs were euthanized Wednesday at Manatee County's Palmetto animal shelter as a precautionary measure after testing showed they had developed a highly contagious viral disease.
One stray picked up Friday had the virus, and two other dogs tested positive Sunday, said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf, whose shelter office is at 305 25th St. W. in Palmetto.
Dog walking at the shelter has been curtailed, and the whole facility has been thoroughly scrubbed to ensure roughly 100 or so dogs housed there remain free of the ailment. Canine parvovirus can produce a life-threatening illness, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website.
"Everyone here has been revaccinated as well," he said.
Adoptions at the Palmetto shelter continue, Weiskopf said.
The county's downtown Bradenton shelter, with about 15 dogs, is operating normally, he said.
Only recently, the Palmetto shelter separated adoptable animals from strays, which are quarantined for a period to ensure they're healthy, said Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. The change helps control the spread of infection, she said.
The Palmetto shelter will probably return to normal operation Saturday, Weiskopf said.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.