Rescued Dogs Struggle To Survive

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

June 15, 2005

Last week over 30 animals were rescued by the SPCA from a home in Scottsville because of poor living conditions. There is an update on the animals and why things may be worse than originally thought.

"The numbers that we have right now, we took in 33 dogs total. We have 10 in the shelter," said Melissa Frisk Animal Care Manager of the SPCA. "The ones that we don't have we had to euthanize based on aggression and we also had a case of Parvo break out with the puppies over the weekend, which is highly contagious, so we euthanized the puppies."

Parvo is a virus that attacks the intestinal tract. Although it is not transmissible to humans, it is highly contagious to dogs, and the puppies had little chance of survival. The rest of the dogs, however, are in fairly good health, but lack social skills.

"They're very good with other dogs, but with people they are a little bit afraid, like they haven't been around people a whole lot, so we're working on that as well," said Frisk.

Employees cannot work on their people interaction yet because of a highly contagious skin disease that causes the dogs to lose spots of hair. The puppies are in a three week treatment to cure this.

"So until the mange is gone, or until its completely treated, we aren't allowed to adopt out the dogs because we don't want to put other dogs out in the public at risk of getting mange because it is so contagious." said Frisk.

The SPCA anticipates the 10 remaining dogs will be ready for adoption in about two weeks. If you want to help out, foster a pet, or make a donation, please call the SPCA at 434-973-5959.

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