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Animal shelter making progress against parvo outbreak

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Following an outbreak of parvovirus that forced the Artesia Animal Shelter to implement emergency procedures, the shelter has resumed limited business.

The Artesia Police Department announced Monday that the shelter has been working with local veterinarians to combat the outbreak and has also integrated new cleaning and intake procedures for animals entering the facility.

The shelter is still not accepting animals through its front doors but will allow owners to release animals by appointment by calling 575-746-5041. The shelter will also accept animals from the public through Artesia Animal Control.

Anyone seeing an animal running at large is urged to call REDA dispatch at 575-616-7155 and request that an animal control officer (ACO) respond. Residents are urged not to attempt to capture animals, as this could create a dangerous situation. Turning the animal over to an ACO increases the chances its home will be found.

The APD and the Artesia Animal Shelter also continue to urge Artesians to vaccinate or boost their pets against parvo.

Brienne Green
Daily Press Editor

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