UPDATE: Fresh Start Animal Rescue reports puppies infected with Parvovirus

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Updated; April 21, 2017

UPDATE: BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) -- In a notice posted to their Facebook page, Fresh Start Animal Rescue in Belvidere says some puppies at their shelter have been infected with Parvovirus, a highly contagious illness that attacks a dog's intestines.

The shelter is warning volunteers who have been helping out at the shelter to be careful not to infect any pets they may have at home and to contact their veterinarians.

Symptoms of Parvovirus include diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, and in extreme cases, it can be fatal.

Earlier this week, concerns about the welfare of animals at Fresh Start were raised after the shelter lost its manager and several other workers.


Posted: April 18, 2017

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) -- The welfare of dozens of animals is being called into question after a Stateline animal shelter loses its manager, and several other shelter workers.

For more than a decade, Fresh Start Animal Rescue in Belvidere has pulled cats and dogs from high-kill shelters, finding them forever homes.

Workers say disagreements between their manager and the shelter's Board of Directors is putting the future of the animals at risk.

"These guys want to come in and basically, I don't know, run it into the ground", says vet coordinator, Karen Johnson. "I'm not exactly sure what their intentions are but it's not working with us to make a cohesive environment so we can all work together and have the same goal, which is our goal".

"Our main concern is that the animals are taken care of", says Animal Rescue spokesperson Kathy Mehalko. "We might have to stop adoptions, we will not be taking in any animals at this point, not until everything gets settled and new management is in place."

Fresh Start's Board of Directors says they are actively looking for a new manager and in the meantime will have people coming in to continue care of the animals.