The Winchester Police Department’s Animal Control Unit is warning dog owners of an outbreak of canine parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly infectious disease that can be deadly for dogs. It is believed that a group selling puppies during an event held on the Loudoun Street Mall on May 16th had dogs that were infected with parvovirus. At least two of the seven puppies that were purchased have died from the virus.
Animal Control Officer Andrea Enke recommends that if your dog attended the event or has any of the following symptoms that you seek immediate veterinary attention:
- Diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Loss of appetite
Parvovirus incubates for four to 14 days before symptoms emerge. If you purchased a dog on May 16th during an event on the Loudoun Street Mall or if your dog was with you that day, please be extra attentive to your animal’s symptoms. Parvovirus is highly contagious between dogs and is transmitted through feces.
It is recommended that when you purchase an animal you require proof of vaccinations.
Officers are investigating the incident and charges may be filed.