Parvo is a highly preventable and treatable disease, even in a shelter environment. The diagnosis of parvo, whether confirmed or merely suspected, is not a license to kill dogs. Euthanasia is appropriate based upon veterinary prognosis for an individual when a vet determines the dog is suffering and his chances of recovery through treatment are poor to grave.
The Conroe Animal Shelter in TX is run by the police department. The shelter does not appear to be fulfilling its obligations to provide true shelter to dogs in terms of prevention or treatment of parvo:
While the shelter immunizes animals brought into the facility, there is a 72-hour waiting period mandated by the state.
Please show me this TX law that says the mandatory stray hold requires shelters to shun best practices. And what about owner surrenders without documented vaccination history – does this same law require them to be left unvaccinated for 72 hours in the shelter too? Ridiculous.
And yet when a recent parvo outbreak at the Conroe Animal Shelter made the news, deputy chief of police Russell Reynolds astonishingly told a reporter:
“It is very important for pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated.”
When two dogs were impounded on April 4 who “displayed positive symptoms of the viral disorder”, the Conroe facility killed 60 dogs in response. They also ceased adoptions. Not that they had any live dogs left to adopt, I imagine.
“We’re doing everything we can to address the situation,” [Reynolds] said.
No you’re not. Following standard disease prevention protocols, including vaccination upon intake; providing treatment to dogs based upon veterinary diagnosis, not “looks like parvo”; and reserving euthanasia only for those individuals whom a veterinarian issues a poor to grave prognosis with treatment – that would be doing everything you can. What you’re doing is nothing. Nothing but killing.
(Thank you Clarice for the links.)