Normal operations to resume Saturday at Palmetto animal shelter

skennedy@bradenton.comJanuary 16, 2014 

PALMETTO -- Manatee County's Palmetto animal shelter will resume its normal operation Saturday at 10 a.m., a shelter official said Thursday.

Three dogs were euthanized earlier this week at the shelter as a precautionary measure after testing showed they had developed a highly contagious viral disease called parvovirus.

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 was 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.

As before, the downtown Bradenton adoption center remains open for dog and cat adoptions.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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