Pop quiz: 2 pups at your shelter test positive for parvo. What do you do with the rest of your dogs?
A. Isolate them from the dogs who tested positive and test them each for parvo.
B. Have a vet examine them for possible symptoms of parvo and isolate/treat as appropriate.
C. Foster/adopt them out to rescues who are willing to take them.
D. Arbitrarily kill every dog under 1 year of age.
If you answered some combination of A, B and C, congratulations – you are a normal person. If you answered D, you must be Robeson Co Health Director Bill Smith:
Staff at the Robeson County Animal Shelter euthanized more than 50 dogs Wednesday after two puppies tested positive for parvo.
“This was our best option,” Smith said. “We haven’t killed the older dogs. They’re being quarantined while they clean and disinfect the shelter.”
See? They haven’t killed the older dogs. (I hope all the dogs remembered their birth certificates at admission.) And you thought Robeson didn’t care!