Quarantine lifted on Meriwether County Animal Shelter

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

GREENVILLE, GA (WTVM) - Hailee and Michael Ray were the first people in the shelter after the Department of Agriculture's quarantine was lifted.  The fell in love with a boxer/pit mix.

Hailee said, "It is sad what happens with a parvo outbreak but these dogs are healthy and they have been checked and they are clean and they deserve a home."

The Ray family says they are excited to bring the puppy home as a companion for the dog they already have and are not worried about bringing parvo with it.

The Meriwether County Sheriff's Office has been running the shelter for the last three weeks and have had the job of getting it back to code.

"Ihe facility has been cleaned from front to back, not one time, but 2-3 times a day," said Nancy Jones from the County Commission.

The County Commission met with the Department of Agriculture and decided that through the end of the year, the Sheriff's Office will run the shelter. At that time, the commission will decide what to do next.

Nearly 50 animals were infected with Parvo, the disease called the puppy killer, and had to be euthanized.

Sheriff Steve Whitlock said, "I have seen a lot of things in the six years I was in the military. To be truthful, that day was one of the hardest things I have ever seen."

Now that the shelter is open, animals can also be accepted.  As of Thursday afternoon, there were 33 dogs waiting to be adopted.

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