An animal rescue charity has had to shut its dog kennels temporarily to stop a mystery virus spreading.
Animal Care took the unusual step of closing its kennels to all new rescue dogs after a young labrador cross was brought in and was taken ill.
Abi Sadler, assistant manager at Animal Care, said: “The year-old dog, which was unvaccinated, was brought in last week and was put in our isolation unit.
“She developed diarrhoea and sickness, so we starved her for the night, as normal, but by 7am the next day she had gone downhill.
“She was taken to Bay Vets and put on a drip and they are pumping her full of fluids.
“It is a nasty virus, it could be gastroenteritis, or more seriously parvo virus, but we cannot risk it spreading to the other dogs.
“She is fighting for her life and the next 48 hours will be crucial.
“We need to find out exactly what it is that she has got.
“If they are young its harder for them to fight disease because their immune systems aren’t as strong.
“It’s hard to close the kennels and turn people away but we just can’t risk it.
“Again, this is why it is so important for people to get all their vaccinations done for their pets.
“This isn’t good for the charity but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“So far people have been very understanding and have been told to wait before they ring back.
“We hope to have the kennels back open by the weekend.”
Animal Care, on Blea Tarn Road, Lancaster, also has cats, kittens and rabbit s for rehoming but their kennels have been unaffected by the closure.
Contact Animal Care on 01524 65495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.