For the first time in its 35-year history, the Adams County SPCA is quarantined after the death of a pit bull.
The dog, named Herbie, was brought to the shelter by a local police department last month as a stray. The dog was vaccinated when he arrived and showed no signs of being sick, but died 16 days later.
The veterinarian said Herbie tested positive for canine parvovirus, a highly contagious disease that's spread only between dogs. According to experts, the parvovirus cannot be spread to cats or other animals.
The other dogs at the shelter are now kennel-bound and stray dogs cannot be brought there.
The SPCA is urging other midstate animal shelters to run tests because they don't know where Herbie may have wandered. Also, because of the way parvovirus is spread, the entire yard at the shelter will need to be paved.
The shelter is now seeking donations to help with the cost of testing the dogs and repaving the yard. To find out how to help, click here (http://meyersshelter.org/).