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Providence shelter euthanizes 6 dogs after virus outbreak

Authorities in Providence euthanized six dogs and shut down the city’s animal shelter for 10 days following an outbreak of a potentially deadly virus.

Providence Animal Shelter supervisor Scott Scofield said that officials shut down the facility on Monday after workers detected the first case of parvovirus, a potentially deadly virus that infects the intestine.

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Animals that came down with the virus include three in the quarantine section and three in the general population area of the shelter. A veterinarian euthanized the sixth dog Friday morning.

Workers are spraying the animal shelter with parvocide and bleach every 15 minutes to eliminate the virus.

Scofield said the infection came from stray dogs that were not vaccinated before they were brought to the shelter. The virus has an incubation period of five days.

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