City’s Animal Management Facility under Quarantine due to Parvo Outbreak

Published on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 at 8:00:00 AM

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Animal Management Facility will be closed to the public for the next seven (7) days due to an outbreak of parvo.

Canine parvovirus (parvo) is a highly contagious infection that affects all dogs of any age. The virus is very aggressive and has an extremely high mortality rate if left untreated. Parvo attacks the lining of the dog’s gut, and the bone marrow, which produces white blood cells.

All animals in the care of the City’s Animal Management Facility will remain under quarantine to contain the outbreak and reduce the risk of spreading.

Dogs are not available for adoption during this quarantine period. Cats and other animals can still be brought into the pound and adopted out, however public viewings will be at the discretion of the Ranger.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Acting CEO Alex Wiese said the parvovirus had come into the pound through infected animals which is a risk for all Animal Management Facilities.

“It is our aim to reduce the risk of spreading parvo as much as possible, and to prevent the introduction of any more infected dogs into the pound. If you find a stray dog, please do not bring it to the pound - call the Community Rangers on 9021 9600 to make a report. A ranger will come and identify the dog via microchip scan, ID tag or Registration Tag to return to their owner if possible,” said Mr Wiese.

“To assist the City, please ensure your dogs have identity tags. Stray dogs where the owners cannot be located will be homed at the Animal Management Facility, however this will impact the duration of quarantine and they will be at risk of contracting the virus. If you need to surrender your dog during the quarantine period, please contact local animal rescue organisations first, or wait until the quarantine period is finished” said Mr Wiese.

Parvo is an easily preventable disease through vaccination. Contact your local vet to make sure that your dog is up-to-date with its vaccinations or, to schedule a vaccination.

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