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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Dog owners beware, a local dog park has been shut down after a case of Parvovirus has been found.

Warwick Animal Shelter took to Facebook on Thursday afternoon to announce that the City Park dog park in Warwick will be closed until further notice due to a recent report of Parvovirus.

 

The Parks & Recreation Department also confirmed this case to ABC6 News.

"The Parks & Recreation Department was informed this afternoon that a dog that had recently been at the City Park dog park had tested positive for parvovirus," Warwick Parks and Recreation Director James Scott said. "After the City consulted with the state veterinarian’s office, out of an abundance of caution, due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, the park was immediately closed and will be until further notice and we will continue to work with the state on this issue."

According to the animal shelter, Parvovirus affects dogs and can be fatal if untreated. Dog owners who have been to the park recently are asked to look out for these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

Dogs at a higher risk for contracting this infection are those under 6-months-old, compromised dogs, and those who are unvaccinated for Parvovirus.

WLNE-TV / ABC6 2019