TANEY COUNTY, MO (KY3) – Veterinarians diagnose parvo virus in some of the 50 abandoned Chihuahuas in Stone and Taney Counties.
Animal welfare organizations in the region look after the sick animals. Some of the dogs are in the area veterinary clinics fighting the virus.
Two of the sick dogs that Rescue One took in at Springfield are now being cared for at the Ozark Veterinary Clinic. Veterinarians believe they will be some of the lucky ones.
“We hope so,” said veterinarian Dr. Richard Linn. “[Parvo] is very serious. It’s something we see most often during the summer months, especially when there are a lot of puppies that are vulnerable. “
At least two of the other abandoned Chihuahuas have died while others are very sick. Dr. Linn said that Parvo has a 70-80 percent survival rate when caught early and treated properly. Veterinarians say that people who may have an animal with parvo at home must keep it away from other pets as it is very contagious and can live on surfaces for years.
“If the dog has a virus, make sure you take the pet to your veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Linn.
Rescue One President Ellen Dowdy said it was frustrating to see so many dogs abandoned and sick, especially because there are organizations in the Ozarks that can help care for unwanted animals.
“The rescue community is upset because they could have turned to the rescued, and while the rescues are full to the brim, anyone can make room for Chihuahuas because they are only small and light and decent,” said Dowdy.
Dowdy said it was possible the previous owners of the abandoned Chihuahuas knew about the parvo outbreak before they dumped the dogs.
“It takes about three to ten days for this exposure to show up, so it’s very likely that they had an outbreak and got rid of all the animals before they began to die,” Dowdy said.
Law enforcement agencies are investigating this incident with a possible charge of animal neglect.
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