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Outbreak of parvovirus leads to cleaning of Smith County Animal Barn

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Two puppies adopted from the Smith County Animal Barn to a South Texas family recently died of parvovirus. Because of their death and the risk of infection, the Smith County sheriff has stopped the intake of animals as of Monday. Equipment in the barn has to be disinfected, then the floors pressure washed. A company will also have to come in to seal the floor to help eliminate cross-contamination of dogs with parvo.

Dogs currently in the barn will be moved to portable kennels until the shelter is reopened next Friday.

There are 17 dogs in the barn right now.

Over the last six months, the barn has been working to adopt as many animals as possible. The sheriff says they are using their resources to help animals that is mean to be used helping law enforcement.

This year, 1,493 dogs have been picked up. 86 were returned to their owner, 45 died in the shelter and 587 were euthanized. 792 dogs were released to rescue or adoption.

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