Virus outbreak temporarily closes county dog adoptions in S. Lake Tahoe

Dog adoptions at the El Dorado County animal shelter in South Lake Tahoe have been temporarily suspended due an outbreak of parvovirus.

The dog kennel area at the shelter will be closed until March 11. That will give shelter staff time to perform additional deep cleaning and disinfecting of kennels and monitor dogs on site.

The business office of animal services and the cat adoption areas will remain open.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can kill a dog. The virus can be prevented through vaccinations.

“Parvovirus vaccination is very important for all dogs,” said Robert Gerat, supervising animal services officer. “Because puppies who are not fully vaccinated are most at risk for getting parvovirus, it is recommended that they not be allowed to walk in parks or other public places until they have completed their vaccination series.”