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Ten dogs seized from Garner home euthanized

Posted September 24, 2009

— It could be at least 10 days before some of the dogs seized from a Garner home could be placed up for adoption, Wake County's animal control director said Thursday.

Animal control officers on Wednesday seized 27 dogs – including a dead puppy – from a home on Bournemouth Lane.

Michael Williams, director of the Wake County Animal Control and Adoption Center said that 10 of the animals were euthanized because they tested positive for parvovirus, a contagious virus among canines that wipes out the intestinal tract.

About half of all cases are fatal. Williams said that although parvo is treatable, it is so contagious that it is impossible to treat a dog in a shelter environment without spreading the disease.

"The goal is to try to find homes for all the dogs," Williams said. "The seriousness of parvo and their illness will keep us from doing that."

Three other dogs were transferred to rescue groups, and the 13 remaining dogs will be monitored for 10 days before they will be considered for adoption.

Some of the animals also suffered from intestinal parasites and mange – both conditions, Williams said, were treatable and manageable.

Garner police said the animals' caretaker likely would not be charged and that the animals were taken because she had too many for her neighborhood, as outlined in Garner's town ordinance.

She was attempting to rescue the dogs from shelters to keep them from being euthanized, authorities said.

"As I understand it, she would adopt these dogs off Craigslist and then try to make sure she then found them a good home," Garner police spokesman Chris Clayton said.

"(It was a case of) simply somebody trying to do good, but had just more dogs than the resources she had," he added.


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  • depayne04 Sep 25, 2009

    The sad part with Parvo is that even the ones who didn't test positive will still be carrying it if they were in contact at all with the feces of the positive ones. If they were vaccinated, they most likely won't get it, but the shelters need to make sure when they are placed after the holding period that they are placed with people who don't have any other unvaccinated dogs or pups that have not been through their entire series of vaccinations. We lost a 5 month old rottie to Parvo several years ago. She was fine the night before, deathly ill the next morning and dead by evening. She had just finished her series of puppy shots the month before and was due to go for her first adult vaccinations when she got sick. We believe it was from some neighbor dogs running loose and carrying it through our yard since we had never had it in any of our dogs previously. Tie up laws in town didn't extend to those just outside of town limits :(

  • ikeyboy Sep 24, 2009

    I hope they were euthanized humanely by trained staff.

  • freedomrings Sep 24, 2009

    I hope the other puppies are safe. Parvovirus is very very contagious. Symptoms can start 2 weeks after you bring an animal home from the shelter so you should always separate an unvaccinated animal new animal from your current pet. Most animal rescuers know that it's NEVER a good idea to have mutiple litters of shelter puppies at the same time.