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Animal Shelter Closed After Virus Kills 16 Dogs

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File photo of a dog at a shelter. 
(Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a dog at a shelter.
(Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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TAVARES, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – An animal shelter has closed to the public after a virus outbreak killed 16 dogs.

The Lake County Animal Services shelter closed the dog adoptions and dog intake portions of the shelter after the deadly parvovirus outbreak. However, by Thursday the shelter expanded the shutdown to the entire shelter including all animals as a precaution, WKMG reported.

Due to the parvovirus outbreak, 16 dogs were euthanized by animal services.

Parvovirus is an extremely contagious life-threatening viral disease for dogs. According to the ASPCA, the virus rapidly attacks “dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract.”

Animal shelter workers are cleaning and disinfecting the building while also trying to contact anyone who adopted dogs within the past two weeks to notify them about the outbreak.

No date has been set on when the shelter will reopen.

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