More dead dogs found in Troy

TROY – Additional dead dogs have been discovered in Troy, raising fears of the spread of an often deadly virus that infects dogs.

City Council President Carmella R. Mantello put the number of dogs found at seven on Saturday, citing city animal control officials.

Tests on the bodies of at least two dogs discovered on Wednesday in a wooded area off the north-central Troy cycle path showed they had succumbed to canine parvovirus, a highly contagious viral disease that usually causes gastrointestinal illnesses -intestinal infections in puppies, officials have confirmed.

“This disease brings a horrible slow death to puppies, in particular,” Mantello said. “These recent incidents make me sick and we must end them now.”

Deputy Police Chief Steven M. Barker said the seven dogs were at four locations in the city, including three around the bike path.

Authorities believe that all dogs are the same litter.

Detectives continue to investigate to find out if any crimes have been committed, Barker said.

Mantello said officials are working to find a potential “backyard breeder” who may be responsible, calling parvovirus a “horrible disease spreading throughout our city.”

Officials said the ongoing findings are a way to educate the public about parvovirus. Although the virus can affect all dogs, unvaccinated dogs and puppies under four months old are most at risk, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The virus is transmitted by direct dog-to-dog contact and by contact with contaminated feces, environments or people.

“The virus can also contaminate kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs,” according to the association’s website. “The virus is easily transmitted from place to place on dogs’ hair or feet or via contaminated cages, shoes or other objects.”

Signs of illness include lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and bloating, fever or low body temperature, vomiting and severe, often bloody diarrhea, experts said.

City dog ​​owners who believe their pets may have contracted the virus are asked to contact the City Animal Control Officer directly at 518-270-4411.

“By properly treating – or in the tragic event of death – dogs that have contracted this virus, we can help limit the spread,” Troy police said in a statement. “Additionally, puppies can be vaccinated as part of prevention efforts.”

The mayor’s office said it remains in contact with Troy police and echoed the importance for pet owners to contact animal control, their veterinarian or the local humane society if they think their dog is sick.

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