Hillsborough officials address issues at animal services - FOX 13 News

Hillsborough officials address issues at animal services

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's still okay to adopt -- that's the message Hillsborough County Animals Services sent out Wednesday after some cases of parvovirus were reported at the shelter.

Two dogs tested positive for the virus Tuesday.

Those dogs were removed from the facility for treatment.

Another dog that did not show signs of carrying parvo was adopted out, and later died.

Animal services does not test animals that are asymptomatic.

County Administrator Mike Merrill stressed while it's tough to keep the facility completely free from disease, there is no reason to be concerned about adopting an animal.

"I also want to say how sorry I am to the individuals who adopted animals that subsequently became sick," Merrill said.

"Let me assure that we are taking every measure to assure that our shelter population is safe, in good health and adoptable."

Merrill also announced Animal Services field operations will temporarily handed over to code enforcement.

The department conducts cruelty investigations and responds to animal attacks.

Hillsborough Animal Services removes any dogs that test positive for parvo for treatment to make sure no other dogs become infected.

Merrill said the number of animals carrying parvo is down 45 percent from last year, despite an increase in the number of animals at the shelter.

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