- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Saginaw County has temporarily shut down its animal shelter to help contain the spread of an often fatal and highly contagious disease.

The Saginaw News and radio station WSGW report the Saginaw County Animal Care Center was closed to the public Thursday after a dog at the shelter was diagnosed with canine parvovirus, or parvo.

Saginaw County Controller Robert Belleman, who oversees the facility, says closing the facility is a precaution to prevent more dogs from getting sick. He says the infected dog has been separated from others at the shelter, but three others could be infected.

Belleman says he expects the facility to remain closed to the public for at least a week. If the virus appears to be contained, he says the shelter will be reopened.

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