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Sumter Humane Society Animal Shelter Temp. closed

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The Sumter Humane Society animal shelter is temporarily closed, while they treat several dogs for a contagious parasite.

Giardia can be passed from dog to dog and to humans as well. Workers don't know how much longer they'll be closed to the public. As many as four dogs recently tested positive.

The parasite lives in the stomach of animals. Animals can get it from a contaminated water source, other animals, or dirt yards which is why the Humane Society is working to pour cement pads in place of dirt pens where some dogs are kept.

The parasite is treatable, and the dogs currently in quarantine will eventually be released for adoption.

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