MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Animal Shelter is closed after positive tests for Paravovirus.
Eight animals so far have been euthanized for the virus.
Fourteen has been removed by adoption groups.
Paravovirus is highly contagious and causes moderate to sever vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea and other symptoms.
Treatment is variable but typically includes fluid therapy, antibiotics and anti-vomiting medication.
All unvaccinated dogs are at risk of infection with the virus.
The facility was closed without notice Saturday in order to complete the deep cleaning to contain the virus.
A spokesperson for MAS said they are tackling the problem aggressively and proactively.
Each Animal Care Technician is trained to complete an evaluation request for any pet in their area showing signs of illness or injury.
Dr. Shanna Wall said, “We will continue to monitor each of the pets under our care for any symptoms of clinical disease. We appreciate all of our supporters and adopters and ask for your patience with our effort to protect the remainder of the shelter population.”