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Pet Spot In Norwood Remains Closed Until August 26th
Veterinary experts from Cincinnati to Ohio State, to Cornell University are trying to figure out what's been making these dogs sick...but at this point there is no concrete answer.
They're basically eliminating possibilities.
One of the biggest problems with this situation is there's no clearing house for the information. Most of the cases have been handled by an emergency facility called MedVets...the question is how many cases are really out there?
On Friday August 9th, Sandy Schliebaum and her family heading to Myrtle beach, boarded their Puggle Hank at The Pet Spot in Norwood. Last Wednesday though, the family got a call from an employee at The Pet Spot telling them their family pet was desperately ill.
Pet Spot took the dog to an Oakley vet, and then MedVet's on Redbank road. The Schliebaums drove 12 hours straight to the vet hospital.
Sandy says "we went back that evening to visit, he couldn't get up...he couldn't move. They said they thought it was affecting the nerves in the body. The other dogs there had the same symptoms.they didn't think he'd make it."
The same day Sandy's dog arrived at the vet center we met Russell Gibson and his dog Max. Max too had been at Pet Spot...and showed the same dire symptoms.
After being treated for a few days at MedVets, Max survived.
In the meantime Hank underwent 2 blood transfusions and thousands of dollars in treatment.
"At first, Hank, when we got there, Hank was the only dog back in isolation. Then by the second or third day there were four or five other dogs in there, other people in visiting them. With privacy and such they can't say much, but they did say they were all in there with the same symptoms." says Schleibaum.
At least three of those dogs that had been to The Pet Spot died.
"Yesterday when they went in the morning to visit Hank they heard the girls talking and they were transferring five more dogs." says Sandy.
Pet Spot's daycare facility remains closed until next Monday. Owners say all tests have come back negative. They also say none of the food fed to the animals was on any recall list.
The facility has been completely sanitized multiple times...with floors being stripped and resurfaced.
While Hank came home Monday evening...he's on 6 medications and his owners are still concerned.
"I just hope there's not after effects, especially when they kept talking about the nerve thing. They thought maybe it would have affected his brain...they don't know...they just don't know." says Schleibaum.
At this point, this unnerving situation has everyone baffled...and while it's easy to point fingers at The Pet Spot, there remains no direct connection to that facility except that some dogs that spent some amount of time there got sick.
Owners of the facility have taken some dramatic steps to try and minimize the possibility that something at pet spot is responsible but no one knows.
While the daycare part of their operation is closed, their boarding and grooming business remains open. The owner tells me they hope to have some definitive answers in the next few days.