PRATT, KS (May 30, 2007) – The Kansas Animal Health Department; United Animal Nations (UAN) and the State Animal Rescue Team (SART) are working to help the Pratt County Humane Society care for an influx of animals displaced by a recent tornado in Greensburg and to contain an outbreak of canine parvovirus at the shelter.
According to Debra Duncan, Director of the Animal Facilities Inspection Program with the Kansas Animal Health Department, Pratt County Humane Society staff offered to care for 108 dogs and cats displaced by the May 4 tornado until they could be reunited with their families or adopted into new homes. But shelter staff and volunteers soon became overwhelmed by the additional animals.
“This is a small shelter with a very dedicated group of volunteers, and they quickly became overwhelmed by dozens of additional animals,”
“UAN has a 20-year track record of providing emergency sheltering to animals displaced by natural disasters,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “With our network of 3,200 volunteers in the
The Kansas Animal Health Department placed the Pratt County Humane Society under quarantine on May 25 after several dogs were diagnosed with parvovirus, a highly contagious canine disease. Members of the public are asked to avoid dropping off any animals at the Pratt County Humane Society shelter until the quarantine is lifted on or around June 10.
“We are being exceptionally cautious and taking every step possible to prevent the spread of this disease and to treat any dogs who become ill,”
Symptoms of parvovirus include lethargy, vomiting, lack of appetite, stomach discomfort and diarrhea. Puppies are extremely vulnerable. If your dog is exhibiting signs of parvovirus, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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