ATLANTA - "Angels Among Us" Pet Rescue in Atlanta successfully saved over 47 dogs from the Walker County Animal Shelter, after an outbreak of the parvovirus.
Rescue workers said it is state mandated that a shelter be evacuated within 24 hours if the parvovirus is detected. Any animal not evacuated must be euthanized. The virus, also known as "canine parvovirus type 2", is extremely contagious from dog to dog. The CDC said there are no known cases involving humans, but any infected dogs left untreated will more than likely die.
Six boxer puppies and their two parents were dropped off outside, as volunteers were clearing the shelter. Rescue workers said the dogs were turned over to Walker County and immediately taken in by "Angels Among Us". The boxers are currently living with foster families, but all eight are still in need of permanent homes. Out of the other dogs saved, five were taken to another shelter, and the rest have all been adopted.