There is a temporary suspension of admitting dogs to the Campbelltown Animal Care Facility to prioritize the well-being of the animals currently under care and to facilitate a thorough cleaning of the facility.

This decision comes after multiple positive tests for canine parvovirus were reported at the facility.

In accordance with the Council’s quarantine protocol, the facility will remain closed to dogs until Wednesday, 17 January.

Residents of Campbelltown are strongly advised to remain vigilant and ensure that their dogs are properly vaccinated, especially considering that four dogs from the Macquarie Fields, Airds, Bradbury, and Minto areas have tested positive for parvovirus in recent weeks after being collected from these locations.

Canine parvovirus is a severe and often fatal viral disease that primarily affects unvaccinated puppies and dogs. It is highly contagious and can persist on various surfaces and in different environments, regardless of temperature or humidity. Dogs can contract the virus through direct interaction with infected dogs or by coming into contact with contaminated faeces, surfaces, or environments.

During this period, residents will still have the opportunity to adopt other animals from the ACF, including cats.

However, all dogs currently housed at the facility will undergo testing before they can be made available for adoption again.