PITTSFIELD -- Noah the puppy is fine, and the Eleanor Sonsini Municipal Animal Shelter has reopened.
Noah is the boxer puppy mix who arrived at the shelter two weeks ago. He was brought to Sonsini by a private citizen who found the 18-month-old animal in Springside Park.
The dog did not come into contact with any other dogs at the shelter. He was immediately transported to the Animal ER of the Berkshires, where he was diagnosed with the canine parvovirus, according to shelter officials.
The parvovirus is extremely contagious to dogs -- not people -- and can be spread by direct or indirect contact with dog feces.
No other dogs in the Berkshires have been diagnosed with the disease since Noah's arrival. However, this is the second time the disease has been detected in Massachusetts. In June, state health officials warned of an outbreak in North County, as well as in Worcester County.
But the city was forced to shut the shelter down for a two-week quarantine period. The shelter reopened on Sunday.
Shelter Director Laurie Vilord said shelter officials are strongly recommending that if a private citizen sees an animal that appears to be ill, they should contact the Pittsfield animal control office to recover it.
The animal control officer, said Vilord, understands the protocol for bringing diseased dogs or cats to the city shelter.
Vilord said Sunday was a little busier than usual, in part because the shelter is usually busy on weekends anyway, and in part because of the Columbus Day holiday.
"People are out and about, enjoying the weather," she said.
Sonsini accepts only cats and dogs. There is presently a list of 26 cats around the city waiting to be admitted to the shelter. There is no waiting list for dogs, she said.
When they are admitted to the shelter, dogs and cats are examined and vaccinated.
"We do the best we can for them," Vilord said.
The Sonsini Animal Shelter has about 70 volunteers, who walk the animals, work at adoption clinics and do other tasks. The volunteers must go through a training process before they are hired, said Vilord.
Adoption hours at the shelter are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5.
As for Noah, the cute little boxer mix, Vilord said that he has responded very well to treatment, and is now healthy. And ready, she said, to be adopted.
For more information on the shelter, go to www.pittsfieldanimals.org.
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