Dogs checked after 7 Parvo puppies brought to Portsmouth Humane Society

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by Karen Hopkins

WVEC.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 6:00 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- The Portsmouth Humane Society says seven puppies were brought in from Animal Control carrying the contagious and often deadly Parvovirus.

One puppy, named Artis, was exhibiting symptoms similar to Parvo, but tests determined he did not have it.  

Officials took the seven pups to the Animal Emergency Center in Yorktown to begin expensive treatment in hopes of saving their lives.  That includes I-V fluids, 24/7 monitoring and medication.

In an email to supporters asking for donations to help pay for the treatment, PHS said, "Survival once infected is 12% if left untreated. In most shelters, a positive Parvo test results in immediate euthanasia. We are working to increase the survival rate."

Unfortunately, four of the seven puppies did not survive. 

The Humane Society houses all strays brought to the shelter by the Animal Control Warden and those found by citizens of Portsmouth. here are many animals ready for adoption.

Officials say you can protect your puppy by making sure it gets the Parvo vaccine, which costs bout $15.00.

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