ROCKAWAY, N.J. — A pet adoption and rescue agency has been temporarily closed following a complaint by a woman who adopted a puppy that became ill a few days later.

NJ.com reports Eleventh Hour Rescue at the Rockaway Townsquare mall was temporarily closed last week.

A Rockaway Township health officer says the closing came after a complaint by Michele Nardino.

Nardino says she adopted a puppy in November that became ill five days later and was diagnosed with parvovirus, a highly contagious virus.

Health officer Peter Tabbot says Nardino’s complaint caused the township to send two specialists to the facility where “records reflected conditions of parvovirus among three additional dogs.”

Tabbot says the facility will remain closed while it’s cleaned.

Eleventh Hour says it was not in violation of any health codes.


Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com

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