Cape Coral shelter takes dog abandoned over owner’s fears of coronavirus
Cape Coral Animal Shelter says Daisy, the dog, is a recent victim of owner abandonment. Her owner told animal control he dumped her because he believed he could contract the coronavirus from her.
The shelter says Daisy was found alone in Redland outside Miami. A partner of CCAS saved Daisy and confirmed she had a microchip. This was used to contact her owner, who confirmed he had abandoned her for fear of her spreading COVID-19 to him.
Unable to convince the owner to take Daisy, he signed her over, and she is currently living at CCAS.
CCAS said in its Facebook post it’s worries about the effects the coronavirus pandemic could have on animals.
Currently no evidence from the CDC confirms pets can spread COVID-19.
CDC key points on animals
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
- Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare.
- We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
- We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.