(Closed) NWR: Really sad….hundreds of dogs will most likely be put to sleep. Long…

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


Oh wow. That’s terrible. I wish I could help in some way, but I am absolutely broke thanks to the horrible economy right now. I know the shelter I adopted one of my puppies from in Lake City, Florida (before I relocated) had an outbreak too. The puppy we adopted got deathly ill, but we saved her life. I hate hearing about animals suffering.

The fact that people throw dogs out of a moving car is just down right disturbing! Someone did that in Jacksonville Florida because I KNOW there is no way some dog can wonder all the way up to that one bridge (it’s the BIG one) and become a part of the concerte diveder =( 

Here’s hoping they can get the outbreak under control, and that they’ll get the donations needed to keep going strong. Is this one of the shelters that was featured on Animal Cops??? Just curious.

Post # 4
1645 posts
Bumble bee

Ugh. Horrible. When my cat went missing (came home safe, thank goodness) I looked for him at the shelter. I broke down in tears in the middle of the building. Everything about it just breaks my heart.

Post # 5
336 posts
Helper bee

That is really terrible. However, on one hand I can understand where they are coming from. They don’t have enough money to fund half the services they already provide. Distemper is an extremely contagious disease- when there’s an outbreak it runs rampant (which you must know through volunteering). Symptoms sometimes don’t even appear until weeks after exposure/infection.

Just through a quick google that “cure” you mentioned is not backed by any studies, is not well known at all (I’m a vet tech, and neither I nor any of the doctors I work with have heard of it) and likely very expensive for even ONE pet, let alone a shelter full. The two doctors I found on record (including the original doctor of discovery) claim it works a high percentage of the time but it hasn’t been studied or otherwise proven; it’s also not useful in pets who have already reached the neurological stage. Not to mention it apparently requires “donor dogs” for participation in creating the serum? All of the dogs they have are likely already exposed to the virus. Good in theory but highly impractical so I can understand why it’s not a consideration. 

On the other hand, in general Miami-Dade A.C. needs to get their shit together and figure something out because you are right, there will likely be huge issues with “dumping” and the like when they stop accepting surrenders. 

ETA: I tried to read over this a couple times, but I just want to make it clear I am not trying to be rude or anything. So I hope I am not coming across as such!

Post # 8
336 posts
Helper bee

@MrsDulce: Not rude at all! haha. I plan to do a little more research into it. Luckily where I work/in my area we don’t see a lot of distemper. But we do seem to have yearly surges in parvo cases ๐Ÿ™ I’ve had a couple already this week and none of them made it. ::Sigh::

I hate parvo. 

And almost every case has been new puppies purchased from some backyard breeder in some podunk town. One lady had adopted a cute little puppy from a “rescue” she found on Craigslist. No real paperwork except a shoddy adoption contract, and an “info sheet” about parvo that was just full of the most ridiculous false information. It basically said parvo isn’t real, it’s probably a bacterial overgrowth, any dog that’s had the vx will be test positive, and they just needed an antibiotic and some fluids, preferably gatorade. Oh, did I mention that puppy had parvo? 

ETA: I have three dogs too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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