Supporters of new Stokes County animal shelter raise money after news of virus

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C.–Advocates for a new Stokes County Animal Shelter say they have raised some additional money for the project after news of a parvovirus outbreak at the existing shelter spread throughout the Triad.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the staff at the existing shelter in the Germanton community received $335 in checks in Friday’s mail, said Tory Mabe, a Stokes County employee working at the shelter. Mabe also has fielded inquiries from people asking about the situation at the shelter and how they can raise money for a new building.

Animal advocates in Stokes County are raising money to build a new shelter that will have quarantined areas for dogs and cats. The new shelter would be on land near the existing shelter, and organizers need to raise $40,000 to get the project started, according to the report.

Candis Loy, a member of the Stokes County Animal Control Advisory Council, said Friday she received a $100 donation to the building fund for a new shelter.

Officials at the Stokes County Animal Shelter euthanized 12 dogs there earlier this week to prevent the spread of the parvovirus after a dog adopted from there contracted the deadly virus. The shelter’s staff planned to put down an additional 18 stray dogs to prevent the virus from spreading, County Manager Rick Morris has said.

The county also suspended any further adoptions of shelter dogs that don’t have updated vaccinations. The shelter doesn’t have an area to quarantine animals away from the kennels of adoptable animals, and its staff doesn’t test dogs brought there to determine if they have the parvovirus.

That policy will remain in place until an outdoor kernel is built so that the shelter staff can clean the shelter’s indoor kennels of feces and urine and place down chemicals to kill the virus. The outdoor kennel will take about three weeks to build. No dogs were at the shelter Friday, a county employee said.

Read more at the Winston-Salem Journal

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