FOND DU LAC - After closing to contain the outbreak of a deadly dog disease the Fond du Lac Humane Society is back open to the public, but during that time, nine puppies died of the virus, called "parvo."
Levi is a cuddly pup who calls the Fond du Lac Humane Society home at the moment. He is one of nine on its way to recovery at the shelter.
"The puppies are all eating and drinking on their own and they are playing and arguing with each other and acting like puppies are supposed to act," explained Shelter Manager Renee Webb.
According to Webb, about two weeks ago, 18 puppies at the shelter were diagnosed with parvovirus or parvo. She closed the shelter to stop the disease from spreading and to try to save the puppies, however, half of them didn't make it.
"Having nine puppies die is just, it's just horrific," said Webb.
Now the shelter is open to the public again. The 40 dogs in the main kennel have been tested for parvo and have received clean bills of health.
"Such a relief. It could've been much worse and that's what we were terrified of," said Webb.
Even though the puppies are starting to get better, Webb told FOX 11 they'll need to be quarantined for a while, because they're still contagious.
"They are still going to continue shedding that parvovirus for a couple of weeks," explained Webb.
So the battle isn't over yet.
Webb told us the staff needs to be very careful continuing to nurse the puppies back to health and take care of the other animals.
"We have one staff that is just taking care of puppies, one staff that's just taking care of dogs in the kennel and one staff that's just taking care of cats," Webb explained.
Webb said the experience has been hard on staff mentally, physically and emotionally, but she told us us the community had helped, with donations, letters of encouragement, and kind words.
"So incredibly supporting. Just holding us up, and they've helped," said Webb.
Helped Levi and 8 of his kennel-mates survive.
Webb told us the shelter is still in great need of exam gloves and garbage bags as well as Iams puppy and cat food and cat litter.
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