Oprah’s Puppy Should Be Alive-Parvo is Preventable

Posted on 03/21/2009

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CANINE EXPERTS
Director of Public Relations
Website: www.nicenow.org
Email: nicenewz@aol.com

Parvo Is Preventable-Oprah’s Cocker Spaniel Puppies Should Be Alive

The National Institute of Canine Experts  extend our sympathy to Oprah Winfrey.
Our hearts go out to Oprah Winfrey at this sad time after the loss of Ivan, knowing

the pain of the loss of a beloved pet.  Our prayers go out to her and to Sadie in

the fight with parvovirus, a virus particularly devastating to young pups. 

The situation is doubly painful because it was totally avoidable.  PAWS Chicago,

an animal sheltter that has a budget of millions of dollars a year, seems to have

been unable to provide proper sanitation and isolation for these fragile cocker

spaniel puppies.
 
Quarantine of young pups from strange dogs, environments and people until the

minimum completion of parvovirus immunizations (typically at 9 & 12 weeks) is

standard protocol of any responsible breeder and knowledgeable vet.  This

makes it a tragedy that PAWS Chicago did not advise Ms. Winfrey of this very

basic requirement.  Given that Ms. Winfrey is a well-known & conscientious dog

owner, it is impossible to believe that she would knowingly have exposed Ivan &

Sadie to such risks in the face of appropriate advice. 
 
This sad case demonstrates why we believe that the current exemptions of

veterinarians, shelters, rescues and foster caretakers from legislated care

standards should not exist.  If dog breeders msut adhere to specfic sanitation and

hsubandry standards, so should any person or organization such as PAWS

Chicago that provides dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to the public. This is an

issue of maintaining an appropriate level of public health, welfare and safety. 

In the interest of health, safety and fiscal responsibility, any legislated care

standards should be applied to all individuals and organizations involved in

animal care especially in the case of publicly-funded and charitable shelters so as

to make the most efficient use of the funds available and to safe guard the public

welfare.
 
Please contact your legislator to indicate your support for the closure of this

loophole, for Ivan’s sake.
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Contact: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CANINE EXPERTS
Director of Public Relations
Website: www.nicenow.org
Email: nicenewz@aol.com

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