The local Animal Friends shelter recently received a letter from the PA Department of Agriculture warning them of a new virus that may have killed four dogs in Ohio and sickened a few others.
Before new dogs, cats and rabbits can even go through the doors of Animal Friends into the animal population, they’re vaccinated and tested. Now, there’s a new dog virus that workers at the shelter are on the lookout for.
Director of animal wellness Ann Ensminger told Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic that she has the circovirus on her radar.
“We’re not expecting it at this point. But at any given time, we are prepared for the potential of something happening,” Ensminger said.
Ensminger said there are no cases of circovirus at Animal Friends, and she’s not aware of any in the state of Pennsylvania. But, the new virus is difficult to pinpoint because of the symptoms, like lethargy and diarrhea, are similar to other illnesses.
“We’re taking precautions with cleaning and disease management. We’re making sure everybody is in good health and certainly before any animal goes home, they’re healthy and medically cleared,” Ensminger said.
The threat of the circovirus has not prompted Animal Friends to change or cancel any events, including the Black Tie and Tails this weekend. They’re simply passing along the warning.
“If we do have an animal with symptoms that need to receive extra attention, certainly we’ll do that. We would do that anyway with any animal that has those symtopms," Ensminger said.