Earlier this month, Char-Meck ACC in NC held an offsite adoption event at SouthPark Mall. One of the dogs who was adopted, Ginger, broke with parvo shortly after the new owners brought her home. The owners wisely contacted the pound to advise them of the deadly disease.
The pound’s vet Dr. Mary Blinn says Char-Meck does “everything in our power” to prevent incidents such as this from happening, including vaccination. When asked specifically about testing dogs at adoption events for parvo, she explains that testing isn’t the valuable tool some might think:
“That doesn’t guarantee they were not exposed to parvo and won’t break with it later,” Blinn said. “It just means when I did the test that day, it was negative.”
Fair enough. Dr. Blinn’s opinion seems to be that even if a dog is vaccinated and appears healthy, it doesn’t mean the dog might not already have been exposed to parvo and will become symptomatic after adoption. So what about the other 14 dogs who were with Ginger at the adoption event that day?
[…] Blinn said animal control has decided not to notify the owners of other dogs adopted out with Ginger at SouthPark Mall.
Wow. Not even a heads up, these are the symptoms to watch for, don’t take your dog to the park type phone call? Is this doing “everything in our power” to keep the community’s dogs healthy?
Blinn said parvovirus is most often spread through feces, and officials don’t think any of the dogs went to the bathroom inside the mall over the weekend.
We don’t think any dogs pottied at the mall. For real? I guess Ginger was the only dog at Char-Meck to have parvo and was kept isolated from every other dog there including being walked at a separate location? Does that seem at all plausible?
Not only is Char-Meck not giving a heads up to the other new owners whose dogs were with Ginger, they went on TV to invite the general public to bring their dogs to the pound the weekend after the adoption event for a free rabies shot.
In recent months (March is not posted at this time), Char-Meck has been killing roughly 40% of the dogs in its care. Everything in our power, blah.