NORMAL Ill. - The Humane Society of Central Illinois is closed to the public.
A puppy at the shelter has tested positive for the parvovirus. Parvo is a disease in which the virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog's body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. When young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problem.
Some of the cats in the shelter may have been exposed to ringworm as well.
Because both of the viruses are contiguous the shelter will remain closed to the public, volunteers and potential adopters until March 28th.
Staff is aggressively tackling the problem. All animals are being monitored for symptoms and the entire facility is getting a deep cleaning.
HSCI is accepting donations at this time as they work to protect the shelter population. Paper towels, laundry detergent, antibacterial soap, bleach and other cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the front door. Monetary donations can be made to the ASAP fund.
Garage sale drop off, scheduled for March 24th, will be redirected to Uncle Bill's Storage next door.
HSCI will have another update on the status of the shelter March 27th.
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