The Coweta Animal Services shelter is under quarantine once again, and this time, both dogs and cats are affected.
Dogs are under quarantine because of a case of parvovirus, and cats are under quarantine because of calicivirus, according to Coweta Communications Manager Tom Corker.
“Unfortunately, intakes and adoptions must be halted while cleaning and testing is ongoing,” Corker said.
Each illness requires a minimum two-week quarantine, Corker said.
Parvo virus is a highly contagious disease that causes diarrhea in dogs and is frequently fatal. Calicivirus is a highly contagious disease of cats that causes an upper respiratory infection. Calicivirus can cause severe disease including pneumonia, but some cats only experience mild respiratory infections or no symptoms at all.
“The shelter is currently undergoing all cleaning protocols and is also working with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to make sure that all notification procedures are followed,” Corker said.
Animal services staff are waiting to hear test results from the University of Georgia, Corker said.
A parvo outbreak at the shelter was previously identified on Aug. 10, and the shelter was under a quarantine for dogs only through Aug. 21. The outbreak was discovered the day before a special adoption event at the shelter.