Pasco County Animal Services announced Oct. 21 that it is suspending dog adoptions, intakes, surgeries and rescue transfers for 14 days due to the presence of Canine Pneumovirus — a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory disease in dogs — at its Land O’ Lakes shelter.
Normal operations are expected to resume in about two weeks or when veterinarians determine the environment is safe for pets.
“The health and safety of the animals in our care, as well as people and pets in our community, is and will always be our top priority,” said PCAS Director Mike Shumate. “We realize this suspension of services is an inconvenience for our customers, and we appreciate your understanding.”
The county said it is taking the following steps to care for all dogs:
• Ongoing Testing
• Supportive Care
• Contact with recent adopters/rescues
Canine Pneumovirus is difficult to control in kennels, and the virus is likely present in the community. If your pet is showing symptoms, such as sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and coughing, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Cat operations are not affected, including adoptions, intakes, surgeries, rescue transfers and vaccine/microchip clinic.
Pet licensing and owner-requested euthanasia needs also remain open. If you find a lost pet during this time, we encourage you to visit MyPasco.Net/PAS for tips on how to find the owner.