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15 January 2013

Dog kennels at the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter will be closed to the public for ten days following the

detection of parvovirus.

RSPCA (SA) Executive Manager of Animal Operations, Kerriann Campbell, said the situation is

being closely monitored by the RSPCA clinical team, and strict controls are already in place.

“Unfortunately three puppies and an adult dog have been euthanased after testing positive to

parvovirus,” she said.

“As soon as they developed symptoms they were immediately isolated from the other dogs in

the area. The other dogs will continue to be assessed in coming days as the RSPCA makes every

effort to ensure their health and safety. Fully vaccinated dogs should not be affected.

“The cattery will remain open as cats can’t catch parvovirus, and our boarding kennels are not

considered to be at risk because they are located away from the adoption kennels, and we only

accept dogs that are fully vaccinated.

“People who have adopted a dog from us in recent days should not be overly concerned as the

risk to fully vaccinated dogs is low. However, if their dog develops symptoms of parvovirus –

including vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy - they should contact us immediately on 8329 6000.”

The Lonsdale shelter already has measures in place to combat parvovirus, including footbaths

between areas. To minimize the chance of spread, only authorized staff will be accessing the

kennels in coming days. This means no dogs will be adopted out, and no strays will be accepted

from councils, until the shelter is given the all clear.

The RSPCA will continue to accept surrenders and dogs for boarding, once the owners have been


Parvovirus does not affect humans but can easily spread between dogs that are not vaccinated.

The incubation period is approximately two weeks.

The RSPCA has postponed the launch of its revamped Adoptions and Pet Accommodation Centre

and family fun day at Lonsdale this Sunday. A new date will be announced soon.

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