Connie was put down on Sunday after contracting parvovirus.
Connie was put down on Sunday after contracting parvovirus. Contributed

Another adopted pound pup dead just 48 hours later

ANOTHER dog adopted from Mackay Pound has contracted parvovirus and been put down.

It is the second reported parvovirus death this month for pound-adopted dogs.

Amanda Williams said she found Connie, a one-year-old labrador-cross, where she works.

She took the dog to the pound, thinking it was the right thing to do for the owners to be able to reclaim her. When Connie wasn't collected the pound asked Ms Williams if she wanted the dog.

THE OTHER PUP: Parvovirus claims life of new family pet

"I said yes, because I loved her," she said.

On Friday morning, Ms Williams collected her new family member from the pound and took her straight to the vet for a general check-up, micro-chipping, de-sexing and vaccinations.

"She couldn't get her vaccinations cause she had a high temperature," she said.

"She was very dehydrated and when I took her home, from then on she just went downhill."

On Sunday, just two days after the purchase, Ms Williams rushed Connie back to the vet and had a parvovirus test done.

"She was positive... they put her to sleep straight after," she said.

"All I really want is for people to be more aware, the pound does have parvo and they are still re-homing dogs."

Mackay Regional Council health and regulatory manager Craig Shepherd confirmed a second dog sold from the pound on March 27 had died from parvovirus.

"Following the previous parvo-related incident, we changed processes at the pound to allow any person adopting a dog to choose to have a parvo test done,'' he said.

"In this case, the dog had the normal vet check but (the owner) chose not to have that parvo test done."

Mr Shepherd said officers at the pound were continuing rigorous cleaning and sanitation procedures to minimise risk.

Ms Williams was offered a refund for purchase of the dog and its registration by council.

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