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Animal Services Resumes Normal Operations After Pnemovirus Quarantine

BROOKSVILLE – On November 18th, Hernando County Animal Services was forced to suspend canine operations within the facility, due to an outbreak of Canine Pneumovirus being detected in the kennel. During that time, HCAS could not accept impounds, perform surgery, or offer adoption services.

Director James Terry says Pneumovirus is typically not fatal, so rather than quarantine each animal that tested positive for the virus, he decided to isolate all the dogs and allow the virus to run its course.

Today, HCAS announced they had lifted the suspension and tomorrow they will resume normal operations. In addition, HCAS is waiving all adoption fees tomorrow through Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Hernando County's Staff Veterinarian Dr. Melissa Brady stated, "During the shutdown the community really stepped up by providing blankets, toys, and food as donations for our dogs. We are grateful for all the support we received from Hernando County leadership and would like to thank all our staff and volunteers that came in to help make sure our dogs daily needs were met." Dr. Brady further stated, "It is paramount that our community is aware of the importance of dog vaccinations. Although there is no vaccination for Pneumovirus, making sure dogs are vaccinated helps prevent the spread of common respiratory diseases found in dogs."

Officials say they are aware that the virus is likely still present in our community, and to be cautious and contact your veterinarian if your pet shows signs of sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, and coughing.

Hernando County Animal Services is fully open to the public and will be providing all services including pet licensing and owner-requested euthanasia needs. In observance of New Year's Day, Animal Services will be closed Tuesday, January 3, 2022 and will reopen with regular operating hours on Wednesday, January 4, 2022.


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