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Virus outbreak kills several puppies at Henderson Humane Society

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The Henderson County Humane Society is asking for donations after a group of puppies died from parvovirus, a highly contagious disease. 

Executive Director Kent Preston tells 14 News that it's not often they deal with these types of outbreaks, but when they do happen, he says it not only puts a strain on their resources, it also affects the morale of the staff. 

Over the past week, the shelter lost 12 puppies to parvo. They've lost a pitbull, a black lab and 10 basset hounds.

Shelter officials say parvo spreads quickly, and once it does, there isn't much they can do. 
Preston says the staff was affected emotionally by the loss of so many young dogs. 

"Morale goes down, especially on the folks, the animal control officers that are responsible for if they do have to euthanize. Fortunately for them, they did not have to euthanize all 12. Most of them died on their own or at the vet," Preston said. 

After the outbreak, workers and volunteers spent multiple days bleaching the facility from ceiling to floor.  Preston says the shelter is clean and safe, but now they're running low on cleaning supplies. 

Preston says the shelter is always in need of help, but especially after an outbreak, they are looking for donations and volunteers.

If you would like to help with either of those things, you can call the shelter at (270) 826-8966, or email the shelter at info@hshcky.org. You can also go to the shelter directly at 203 Drury Lane.

For hours and other details, visit the shelter's Facebook page here.

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