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Shelter open again for business

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

It took a little longer than expected, but the Clay County Humane Shelter reopened for business last week.

The shelter was closed for nearly a month due to an outbreak of Parvo, a highly contagious virus which attacks the lining of the digestive system of dogs and puppies.

"We were finally able to reopen on Jan. 31," Humane Society Director of Operations Bill Cochran said. "The initial hope was to start business again on Jan. 23, but we had another dog come down with Parvo and we had to wait a little longer."

Cochran said the staff worked diligently to clean and disinfect the entire shelter and had an inspection done on Jan. 28, which came back with a passing grade, allowing the shelter to reopen.

"I cannot express how grateful I am to all the staff and volunteers who helped us get the shelter back in order," he said. "We spent a lot of time cleaning and I truly appreciate the patience the residents of Clay County has shown during the time we were closed."

The outbreak began in dogs and puppies which were dropped off at the shelter.

Currently the shelter asks for a voluntary donation when an animal is dropped off, but the Humane Society Board is considering making it a mandatory fee.

"Many counties around us already have a drop-off fee in place, but the board is still researching it further before we make a final decision on it," Humane Society Board President Todd Pierce said. "We always accept donations at anytime, whether it be for cleaning supplies or shelter upkeep, they are always greatly appreciated."

In the meantime, Cochran encourages all pet owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated to keep them healthy.

"Ideally for puppies, it is best to get them a series of inoculations at 6-, 10, 14-, and 18-20-weeks-old as they slowly get over their milk immunity from their mother," he said. "However, I understand some people are not able to afford to do this, but they should at least try to get their puppies a 5-way shot, which includes a vaccination for Parvo, when they are 18-20-weeks-old."

Cochran also said it is critical for the shelter to follow this procedure with all the animals they receive and pet owners should make sure to get their adult pets vaccinated once a year.

Details regarding the shelter's annual shot clinic are starting to come into focus as well.

"We had to change one of the days we were planning to hold the clinic, and it will now take place on May 10 and 17," Pierce said.

While costs for the clinic are still up in the air, it will still be held at the Forest Park Pavilion and will run from 1-4 p.m. each day.

The shelter will also be hosting a fish fry on April 19 at Kennedy Crossing Preschool, with times and prices yet to be determined.

Pierce also said the shelter and board are working with the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Clay County Commissioners on an ordinance which would help maintain the welfare and safety of animals around the county.

"In part, it will also help to shut down puppy mills that are not keeping the best interest of the animals in mind," Pierce said. "We don't want to close down a business if we don't have to, but we need to make sure the proper treatment of animals is maintained in the county and I look forward to working with (Clay County) Sheriff Mike Heaton and the commissioners to get this done."

The Humane Society Board will hold their monthly meeting Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 210 N Walnut St., Brazil. Pierce said the public is welcome and those attending the meeting should use the back entrance along Franklin St.

For questions, or to volunteer or join the Clay County Humane Society, contact the shelter at 446-5126.

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When we adopted our dogs in 2005 we were told all dog that come into the shelter are vaccinated for Parvo. Apparently someone was mistaken.

-- Posted by GirlHouse on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 7:33 AM

I'm pretty sure that ALL animals that come in are vaccinated, but yet some already have the disease and maybe it's too late for some. It's not the Humane Society's fault that irresponsible people just "dump" these animals on them......they do their best with what is provided to them. Remember the CCHS is donation based and if anyone feels they want things like this not to happen, then donate or volunteer. Don't sit back and gripe!

-- Posted by vu_law_student10 on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 7:54 AM

I don't think someone was mistaken about the animals that are at the shleter recieving shots. Animals are vacinated. However, when an animal is dumped off in a cage during closed hours, it is impossible to have that dog vaccinated before it contaminates other dogs.

Ir is a shame that people blame the shelter for a problem that they do everything to prevent. If you want to gripe, go after the coward that left the sick animal. Or, better yet, go help clean out the cages!!!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 8:13 AM

People have to remember that Parvo can be spread in various ways. A person could have it on their shoes if they accidently step in infected feces, a mosquito can land in the infected feces and spread it, a bird, all kinds of different ways. The Parvo disease also has a lifespan of up to 7 years, meaning it can lay dormant in the ground and then become an infection disease again. The Humane Society goes to great lengths to maintain a save and nurturing environment for all of their animals. This was simply a case where it was accidently brought into the shelter and the staff there did a wonderful job of containing the disease. It is now open and I feel the best place to find a pet is at the Humane Society. The adoption prices are very reasonable and you get a wonderful addition to your family.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 8:34 AM

We traveled from Indianapolis to adopt our dogs. The evening we brought them home we had to take one of them to an emergency vet clinic. He was non-responsive and very ill. He became that way because of the care he received at the Brazil shelter. The vet informed us that he would have died that evening had we not adopted him.

I am an educated person and a responsible pet owner. It saddens me greatly that individuals are not responsible enough to have their pets vaccinated, spayed/neutered, provide adequate shelter and care. Pets are not dispensable items to be tossed out.

I am a supporter of shelters, am grateful for the volunteers and happy to hear that the Brazil shelter is up and running again.

-- Posted by GirlHouse on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 7:48 AM

Sounds like your dog was ill. I do not think the care he recieved at the shelter caused his illness. I would bet he got it from another dog.

All care is taken to provide these dogs and cats with the best of care. All animals are valued creatures.

Again, I am thankful your dog is well now. Please don't blame the shelter. They do the best humanly possible.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 8:41 AM

Dont Buy A Pet Adopt One

-- Posted by chrystll on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 1:46 PM

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