Highly contagious canine disease forces closure of RSPCA animal shelter

An RSPCA animal shelter has been forced to close after a contagious disease emerged among its dogs.

The charity’s Woodside Animal Centre, which rescues and repatriates neglected animals from its Leicester base, has confirmed it is now enforcing a two-week closure following the outbreak of what is believed to be parvovirus among a group of recently housed puppies.

The epidemic has led bosses to ban the arrival of any new dogs on site for their own safety.

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“We regret to inform our supporters that we are going to be closed for two weeks as we have an outbreak of a contagious disease in some of our recently fostered puppies,” a Woodside spokesperson said.

Parvovirus, which is a virus that attacks the intestines of dogs, is highly contagious in canines.

However, it cannot be transmitted to humans.

As part of efforts to contain the outbreak, Woodside, which operates as a branch of the RSPCA in Leicestershire, is closing the animal shelter section of its Scudamore Road site.

The Woodside Animal Center pet store will remain open for the next two weeks, but strict measures will be in place.

“The store will be open as normal and we will only allow cat viewing and adoption by appointment,” the spokesperson continued.

“Please do not bring your own dog to the site whether vaccinated or not.

“We thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.”

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