Freedom Dog Park Closed Due to Possible Canine Parvovirus Contamination

Posted by Alora Wachholz on Jul 17, 2014
Tags: Community, Parks, Public Health, Town News, Recreation, Public Safety

Update (July 23, 2014) --- Freedom Dog Park will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 30th after almost two weeks of precautionary measures to decontaminate the park. Crews had to wait until the ground dried completely from the rains last Thursday before beginning the process of cleaning and disinfecting. All visible dog feces will be removed and all drinking bowls replaced. The dog park will receive two rounds of remediation utilizing a diluted bleach solution to spray all areas where feces was found, as well as dog equipment, dog wash stations, drinking fountains, entry ways, parking lot, etc. The irrigation will  run in the evening and/or morning as necessary, and crews will conduct a final sweep of the dog park, along with regularly scheduled maintenance, on Tuesday, July 29th.

Although the dog park is being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, there is no guarantee the virus has been eliminated. Staff will remain vigilant and monitor any indication of further canine exposure to parvovirus.  Freedom Dog Park guidelines require that all visiting dogs have a current rabies vaccination, and no puppies under four months old are allowed. Talk with your veterinarian about other vaccinations that help protect your pet from common canine illnesses such as parvovirus (there is a parvovirus vaccination available).

Please make sure to pick up all feces left by your dog.

A dog that recently visited Freedom Dog Park was diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus this week, which is a contagious virus primarily affecting dogs. The virus is spread by direct or indirect contact with feces. Due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, Freedom Dog Park is closed temporarily until staff can clean and sanitize the park. There is no indication that the dog contracted the virus at Freedom Dog Park, but may have contaminated the area. The Town is taking all necessary precautions.

The affected dog visited the dog park on Friday, July 11, became ill on Sunday and was taken to the vet Monday evening and subsequently diagnosed. The dog is a one-year-old Labrador retriever and at this time we have not confirmed if the animal was fully vaccinated. Vaccinated dogs are usually protected against contracting the virus, but that is not always the case. If you have concerns or notice unusual symptoms in your dog, please contact your veterinarian.

All dogs should be inoculated before socializing in areas where other dogs congregate.