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The Bedford Animal Shelter lobby is temporarily closed to the public and is not accepting any owner surrenders for a minimum of 10 days. Earlier today, a dog tested positive for parvovirus at the shelter. Parvo is extremely contagious and can be deadly to dogs.
It is unclear whether the dog was carrying the virus when surrendered on November 5 or whether it contracted it at the shelter, as there is a 10-day quarantine period for parvo. The last parvo case at the shelter was October 14 when staff went through the rigorous parvo protocol. These measures include sanitizing indoor surfaces and cleaning yard areas with the appropriate chemicals.
Shelter staff is going through parvo cleaning protocol again and animals are being monitored for symptoms. If any of them show symptoms, the shelter will remain in parvovirus protocol for additional days. Currently, animals are not available for adoption from the shelter. If any member of the Bedford Community finds a stray animal, please attempt to locate an owner prior to bringing it to the shelter.
On Friday, the City posted information regarding Daisy, a pregnant chihuahua in need of a foster family. She is being held in the quarantine area and a rescue organization has lined up a foster for her.