The Tolland Animal Control's shelter facility will be closed for two weeks due to an exposure to Parvovirus.
The exposure has caused the animal control to self-quarantine the shelter for 14 days.
Any dogs that are impounded during the next two weeks will be brought to Willington's Animal Shelter.
On July 22, Tolland Animal Control found a sick, female Beagle-type dog, which looked as if she had just had a litter of puppies. The dog was found on Shenipsit Lake Road. She was suspected to have Parvovirus and on July 25, tested positive for the virus.
Because the dog was so ill, the decision was made to euthanize her.
The staff in Tolland has disinfected the shelter's facilities, equipment and animal control vehicle.
Tolland Animal Control is currently housing one dog, which was admitted to the shelter before the exposure was known. The dog was only exposed to the shelter's facilities and was not exposed to the sick dog. As a precaution, he was vaccinated against the Parvorvirus and will be monitored for the next two weeks.
Parvovirus is highly contagious to unvaccinated dogs, that can cause dogs to die.
Animal control officers are investigating this matter and asking anyone to call with any leads to where the sick dog may have come from.
If you or anyone you know of has puppies sold without a mother being seen, or anyone who may no longer have a red and white female Beagle-type dog is asked to call animal control at 860-871-3676.
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