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County animal shelter reopens for owner-surrendered dogs and dog adoptions

The ACC Animal Services shelter had declared a moratorium on accepting and adopting dogs because of a Parvo virus outbreak

The dog area of the Adoption Center has re-opened for owner surrenders and adoptions as scheduled. While an additional positive case of the Parvovirus was identified in a mother dog with puppies on Nov. 5, the dogs were in an isolated area of the cat area of the shelter.

While volunteers in the cat area will be limited, other adoption and intake services for cats and dogs have re-opened as normal beginning Nov. 8. Animal Services will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, Nov. 10.

Animal Shelter staff are continuing to undergo specialized cleaning processes to help minimize the spread of the virus. These steps are being taken to prevent accidental exposure to the virus for dogs outside of these shelter areas through dog or human contact.

Animal Services staff has consulted with the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Division, which regulates and licenses animal shelters, contacted other area facilities that might be affected, and worked with Animal Services’ oversight veterinarian since the illness appeared.

The ACCGov Animal Services Adoption Center’s normal hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM for stray intakes, reclaims, walkthroughs, and adoptions; and Sunday from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM for stray intakes, reclaims, and scheduled adoption appointments.

For more information about Animal Services and the Adoption Center, visit or call 706-613-3540.

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