I just noticed this doing some research for my own problem and I know it's an old post, but I had to make a comment. Uneducated people and pet owners are dangerous. I understand that vaccines are not fool proof, but you can pick up parvo anywhere! It's probably on most of our shoes now. And all of you whiners and ASPCA activists love to throw blame at a kennel, but I promise you that it isn't in the hands of a kennel. It is the people who let their dogs run free and take them everywhere, with or without vaccination that cause the problem.
Kennels are quality controlled areas and I think it is sick that people always want to lay blame other places. I guarantee if there is a virus in a kennel, that they are the ones smart enough to control it, and while I am sure there are viruses in a kennel, their dogs are vaccinated as all others should be. There wouldn't be as much of a problem if everyone was a safe as the kennel owner. Like Shelter Worker said, there are "lazy" people in every industry, but if everyone cared for their dogs as most kennels do, shelter workers would be out of a job.
People who care about the well being of pets they already own have no business being in or around a kennel, just as kennel owners prefer to keep them out. If you choose to take employment with a kennel, shelter, or vets office, I think you should take the necessary precautions.
Here's the problem though. I own the kennel. I also know that Stacey's dog was not vaccinated, ever, which I learned only when the dog was sick. Had she told me that her dog was unvaccinated, we would have helped her make arrangements. She walked her dog all about town too, and her dog was visited by a young puppy purchased at a pet store within a week or so before the dog became ill.
Parvo lives in the environment outside for 5 months, and even longer in cold weather. She lives in a lower income area of town, in an area where many older folks that cannot afford vaccinations. It is far more likely that her dog contracted the virus from a visitor, from visiting the park, or another dog defecating in her yard.
Worst case scenario - Sure, it's possible though unlikely, that she brought the virus home. Had she had the dog vaccinated, there would not have been an issue.
We have never had parvo here. All of our dogs are vaccinated, starting at 5 weeks of age. All puppies go through a "period of susceptability" when the immunity that the mother gives the puppy, is strong enough to defeat the vaccine, but not strong enough to fight off the virus. This occurs sometime between 4 and 16 weeks of age, and lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Now we have to deal with the virus. This virus is shed by the sick dog for up to a week before the dog becomes ill. Imagine the risk that we have now, with the inadvertent sharing of the virus from Stacey's dog to our own dogs.
Our kennel is closed to visitors and has been for 3 years. She also overstates the loss of puppies prior to her own dog getting sick. It's a fact of life that puppies sometimes die, given the best of care. In fact, studies show a typical and normal loss of 15% to 35% depending on the size of the dog. Our rate is significantly less.
I own the kennel, and am very offended by this forum. Stacey will not return phone calls to her, and she has not set up payment for the LOAN we gave her ($1000) for vet bills.
Once you see the whole story, it sure looks different.
I beg to differ with the guest post from Jon!
Although rare, it is possible for a dog to get parvo even with vaccinations! Dogs can still even get kennel cough after having had twice yearly vaccinations for that illness, too!
Was your dog vaccinated?
If your dog was vaccinated it could not have gotten sick from your family. It would seem since your family worked at a kennel you would be aware of the fact that this is a potential situation, just as children can get sick at school, or from touching doorknobs or using phones that have been coughed or sneezed on.
I am sorry for your loss but it could have been prevented by simply vaccinating your dog.
Contact your closest ASPCA office! You should be able to find it in your phone book and, if not, contact the national office!
They have the power to criminally investigate immediately and have closed down many breeders and even successful criminal charges for all kinds of animal abuse throughout the country!
If you have any vet records regarding this make copies and also get an affidavit from your vet to help prove your claim!
The other input here is excellent!
So sorry for your loss :-(
This is the link to the Minneapolis Animal Humane Society:
or you can call:
I know ths is not near Crosby, but it is one of the largest organizations in the state, it has a lot of information about investigation of animal cruelty/welfare investigations on the website as well as links to appropriate law enforcement/animal welfare agencies throughout the state. Minimally, if you call them, they should be able to give you the most relevant contact information for your area.
You need to all your local humane law enforcement but don't get your hopes up. Having parvo in a kennel is not a crime.
Failing to vaccinate animals properly may be a crime but it depends on your local humane law enforcement codes and laws pertaining to breeding establishments.
When parvo is fatal it is usually because the dogs weren't properly vaccinated, so that may be what happened there.
Disposal of animals by burning them may also be a crime but it depends on your local laws, the exact location of the burning, etc. Local police, humane law enforcement and your city or town code enforcement should be contacted about this. Odds are that even if they can get away with burning the dogs legally from a criminal viewpoint; it would be highly unlikely they are properly zoned to act as a crematory.
If you could get any pics that would make the case for law enforcement even if they are lazy where you live. Most are good, hardworking people but there are bad and lazy people in every line of work.
What you can also do that would be infinitely more effective is to anonymously report your info to local crime/news reporters and get the info out on the net so poor unsuspecting people don't make the place profitable.
If you know any of the people who bought sick puppies; contact them (anonymously if need be) to let them know they may have a class action lawsuit against the kennel. An ambitious, dog loving attorney could make it happen if someone approaches them with good info and proof.
I'm also sorry about your dog but from your letter it isn't clear to me how your dog got the supposed parvo. Did you board your dog while you went away for your birthday or do you think someone working at the kennel brought the parvo home?
If your dog was 7 years old; they should have had numerous parvo vaccinations and at worst should have had what seemed like a bad intestinal virus for a few days. It's extremely RARE for properly vaccinated adult dogs to die from parvo.
so sorry for your loss! You can call your local police dept and ask them for the nearest animal precinct/humane society. If no luck there try calling local vets to ask them who to report animal disease to, or at least animal curelty. The previous response made a good point- if you plan to follow up at all you need to prove the suspicion of a contractable disease like parvo. You could be sued for slander. my advice would be to call anonymously to report what you know. You can tell them about your dog without revealing your name. Also consider flyers, or an add in the local paper, something to expose the kennel and maybe save someone else's pet and family from the grief you are facing. Good luck
Can you prove it was parvo? Did you have your dog autopsied to prove whe he/she died of. You can call Animal control in your city or town and ask them, they should be able to give you at least a starting point. I am so sorry for your loss.
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