Parvovirus has closed the Genesee County Animal Control center until further notice.

GCAC has said all animal adoptions and owner surrenders will be suspended until further notice. This is  to help ensure the safety of the animals in the shelter, and those  in the community. Currently the shelter officials are closely monitoring all the pets in the facility for any signs of the illness while cleaning and sanitizing the entire building.

According to Pet MD, Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms and can spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with feces. While vaccines can help prevent the disease, mortality rates can reach 91% in untreated cases. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old.

Genesee County Animal Control  will still be open to the public during normal business hours for purchasing dog licenses and for identifying a lost pet. If you have any questions please contact GCAC at 810-732-1660.