Parvovirus Prompts Closing Of Walker County Animal Shelter

Shelter To Be Closed Until Feb. 6

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Walker County has quarantined its animal shelter until Feb. 6, according to Walker County coordinator David Ashburn.

“Unfortunately we discovered parvo(virus) had infected an animal at the shelter,” Mr. Ashburn said. “Because of this discovery, we called the state department of agriculture to work with us as we take the necessary steps to ensure that the shelter is free from infection.”

According to Mr. Ashburn, the window will allow the infection to manifest itself if there are any other infected dogs and will provide time for a thorough cleaning of the facility.

“We want to take every precaution to make sure nothing else is infected,” Mr. Ashburn said.

Parovirus is a disease that is primarily known for affecting dogs. The disease is highly contagious for other dogs in contact with the virus. It presents in two usual manifestations, a cardiac and intestinal form. Treatment commonly involves veterinary hospitalization. Canine parvovirus will not infect humans.

Walker County will continue to collect dogs that are a danger to the public, Mr. Ashburn said.

Any animals collected during the quarantine will be held in a temporary facility. 


PHOTOS: Christmas Parade In South Pittsburg

Cross Plains Police Officer Arrested On Charges Of Sexual Battery By Authority Figure

An investigation by   special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Robertson County School Resource Officer on charges of sexual battery by an authority figure.                                         At the request of 19 ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)

Bradley Totally Dominates Ooltewah Invitational

We’re just now through the second week of the high school wrestling season, but the Bradley Bears appear to already be in mid-season form. The Bears, defending state champs for the duals and the traditional tournament, won the Heritage Duals last weekend and they added the Ooltewah Invitational this week as they claimed 10 champions and won going away with 268.5 points. The ... (click for more)

Prolific Prep Hammers Hamilton Heights 72-62

Gary Trent Jr. ripped Hamilton Heights for a game-high 36 points on Friday night and helped Prolific Prep Academy (Windsor, Calif.) defeat the Hawks 72-62 in the Marshal County (Ky.) Hoopfest. Trent, who played all 32 minutes, hit 14 of 28 shots, including 3 of 9 3-point tries. He scored 19 in the first half and had 11 each in the second and third periods. Abu Kigab scored ... (click for more)