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Popular Central Ohio Dog Park Checked For Parvovirus
A popular Central Ohio dog park is expected to re-open Friday afternoon. Alum Creek Dog Park, north of Columbus, was temporarily closed while state officials checked for evidence of canine parvovirus.
The Department of Natural Resources closed the dog park after getting an anonymous tip. A dog that spent time at the park showed symptons of canine parvovirus. Sometimes parvovirus can be fatal to dogs if they’re not vaccinated. Department spokesman Mark Bruce says the dog park was quickly disinfected.
“Any toys that were left in the park, we threw those away and we disinfected with a spray the fences, the chairs, the areas the dogs could run and jump.” Says Bruce.
State veterinarian Tony Forshey says his investigators found no evidence of parvovirus in feces found on park grounds. But, Forshey praised the Department of Natural Resources for temporarily shuttering the park.
“Certainly this is a very appropriate safeguard that ODNR did in closing that park down until we get all the epidemiological investigation done.” Says Forshey.
Canine parvovirus is highly contagious for dogs. It cannot be transferred from dogs to people.