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Anderson County P.A.W.S. issues media release after parvo/panleuk outbreak

Anderson County P.A.W.S. issues media release
Anderson County P.A.W.S. issues media release
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Anderson County PAWS in upstate South Carolina has announced a two-week limited public access schedule due to targeted quarantine of dogs after parvovirus was detected in three canines and panleukopenia in three felines. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Please read the following media release carefully, as it will affect mainly drop-offs and owner surrendered animals. The situation was caused after six animals turned into the Anderson shelter within the past week started showing symptoms.

The shelter could have gone one of two ways. Mass euthanasia, or the quarantine of all dogs and cats. The shelter opted to put the facility in quarantine rather than kill hundreds of potentially adoptable pets.

"Public access to Anderson County PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) will be limited for the next two weeks following the detection of parvovirus in three canines and panleukopenia in three felines.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have implemented a targeted two-week quarantine of our facility,” said PAWS Director Jessica Cwynar. “Six animals brought to us within the past week began showing symptoms of parvovirus or panleukopenia shortly after entering our facility. The normal incubation time for these viruses is generally less than 14 days.”

The Standard Operating Procedures for Anderson County PAWS call for either the euthanasia or quarantine of all animals that may have been exposed to parvovirus or panleukopenia. The PAWS management team has decided to impose a two-week quarantine in order to avoid the unnecessary mass euthanasia of the animals.

Not all animals at PAWS are subject to the quarantine, and no dogs or cats involved with any current court cases are at risk. However, day-to-day public access will be limited during the two-week quarantine period. The following protocols are in place until further notice:

• PAWS will not accept any drop-offs or surrenders of animals by the general public until the two-week quarantine is lifted. Animals seized by law enforcement during that time will continue to be received at the PAWS facility.
• Persons who have recently adopted animals from PAWS are encouraged to call (864) 260-4151 should they have questions or concerns.
• Owners of animals believed to have been turned in to PAWS will be able to retrieve their animals. Arrangements for return to owner can be made by calling (864) 260-4151.
• Those interested in adopting animals during this time may do so by scheduling an appointment. Animals made available for adoption during this time have been segregated and are not subject to the facility quarantine. Those interested in adopting can schedule an appointment by calling (864) 260-4151. None of the animals made available for adoption during this time are subject to the quarantine.

Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 12:00 noon until 6:00 PM weekdays and from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM on Saturdays until the quarantine is lifted. Those calling outside of those hours are asked to leave a message—PAWS staff will be returning all calls.

“It is our hope that these measures will prove unnecessary, and that all of the animals in our care will get through the quarantine period in good shape”, said Anderson County Interim Administrator Rusty Burns. “We cannot in good conscience perform a mass euthanasia unless doing so is absolutely necessary, and we appreciate the public’s forbearance and support over the coming days."

Please share this information with friends in the Anderson, South Carolina area. This quarantine will remain in effect until September 10, 2014.