Roswell couple claims adopted dog had Parvovirus

Posted at: 09/20/2013 6:42 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Roswell couple said they adopted a dog from the city’s Animal Control that had a life threatening condition.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 went looking for answers and found out it’s not the first time this has happened. 

Less than a week after Lance Martin and his wife adopted a dog from Animal Control in Roswell, they were faced with a decision.

“It was either put her down or bring her home and just pretty much let her die," said Lance Martin.

Martin said shortly after they brought the dog home, she started having diarrhea and was vomiting constantly.

“So we took her to the vet and he tested her and she had Parvo," said Martin.

Parvo is a virus that is life threatening to animals.

“Parvo is a very, very nasty disease.  It’s very contagious. It's a slow painful death for an animal if they're not treated or put down. They stop eating, they stop drinking, they get lethargic, they have continuous bloody diarrhea, and they slowly die," said Krystle Smith of the Roswell Humane Society.

At this time, the Roswell Animal Control is not vaccinating incoming animals for Parvovirus.  They said they don't have enough money.

Animal Control told KOB 4 if they had the money, they’d test for Parvo.

"I think it would improve the health for sure probably of a good portion of the animals," said Animal Control Officer Andrew Gross.

The Parvovirus can spread quickly to other animals in the home.

“It is contagious, and if you've had a dog in your yard that's had the Parvo disease, the virus will stay within your yard and your grass for up to six months after the dog has been there," said Smith.

“We had to come home, we had to clean the carpets, we had to bleach any room that she was in.  We had to pretty much clean the house from top to bottom," said Martin.

Martin said the whole ordeal ended up costing them $360.

Animal Control tells KOB there have been other cases of Parvo at the shelter in the past few months.  KOB reviewed Roswell’s budget documents and we found Animal Control is getting more funding.  KOB is working to find out if those additional dollars will go towards testing or preventing Parvo.