Harmon Field Dog Park temporarily closed due to possible case of parvo

Published 12:20 pm Monday, January 8, 2024

Closure to last a minimum of one month

TRYON—Harmon Field Dog Park has been temporarily closed due to a possible case of parvovirus at the site.

Polk County Animal Control directed the Town of Tryon to close the dog park until further notice. That section of Harmon Field will be closed to all visitors and their pets for a minimum of one month, Tryon officials said in a statement.

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Parvo is a highly contagious virus and is easily spread between dogs, mainly through contact with feces.

“Parvovirus is a life-threatening disease that is preventable with appropriate vaccination,” said Dr. Stephen Etter, D.V.M. of Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital in Columbus. “Some signs that a dog might be infected with parvovirus are vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.”

During the closure, the dog park is being thoroughly sanitized by Harmon Field staff.

Employees work to sanitize Harmon Field Dog Park on Monday. (Photo by Jamie Lewis)

“Parks are locked and signage has been posted,” the statement reads. “Please do not attempt to gain entry into the dog parks until such time that they are reopened to the public.”

Officials suggest contacting your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns regarding canine parvovirus.