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Anderson Co. PAWS announces 2-week quarantine to avoid mass euthanasia

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County PAWS announced there will be limited public access to the shelter after two viruses were detected in several dogs and cats.

The shelter said on Wednesday they detected a parvovirus in three dogs and panleukopenia in three cats.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we have implemented a targeted two-week quarantine of our facility," PAWS Director Jessica Cwynar said.

"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," Cwynar said.

The shelter said the standard procedure for these types of viruses is euthanasia or quarantine, but the management team decided to impose the two-week quarantine in order to avoid unnecessary euthanasia.

PAWS said the following protocols will be 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.

"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", Anderson County Interim Administrator Rusty Burns said.

"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," Burns said.

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

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