LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (WWSB) – Nate’s Animal Rescue was one very busy place. A parvovirus outbreak affected many puppies.
“I’m so excited, I’m so excited,” said Claira Padelford, a Bradenton resident.
Padelford could hardly contain her emotions. On Friday, she took in a puppy to foster. It was one of the canines that had to deal with the parvovirus at Nate’s in Lakewood Ranch.
“As soon as I saw about them needing a foster and saw this dog instantly this was the one,” said Padelford. “I jumped at the chance immediately, emailed them and asked for the application so that I can hopefully come and rescue this guy.
Another puppy wasn’t so lucky, dying from parvo. A spokesperson for the shelter says 22 others tested positive for the virus, which can be a deadly disease that destroys the intestines of dogs.
“We actually took in 27 dogs from a transport and the transport had several dogs that were harboring parvo and so it sort of spread like wildfire,” said Karen Slomba, Associate Director of Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.
Some of the puppies that were exposed to the virus were taken care of at Nate’s or are still being treated there, while many others were transported to an Arcadia vet to be treated.
“This is a really hard thing to take care of, it’s a real challenge, puppies can die very quickly from this disease, it requires around the clock care,” said Slomba.
Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue is taking extra precaution and is shut down until Wednesday to sanitize the entire shelter. We’re being told since the affected dogs are in isolation, the other dogs at the shelter are safe.
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Claira Padelford could hardly contain her emotions. On Friday, she took in a puppy to foster. It was one of the canines that had to deal with the parvovirus at Nate’s in Lakewood Ranch.