Animal Control Concerned About Pets During COVID-19 Pandemic
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
The Santa Barbara Police Department is concerned about the pandemic’s effect on the furry family members of those that become sick.
On July 7, 2020 a Santa Barbara Police Animal Control Officer bravely put on personal protective gear and entered the residence of a COVID patient currently in the hospital. Two animals were located, a small dog and cat. The owner of the animals called police over concerns for the animals’ wellbeing. The owner wished to surrender ownership due to the seriousness of the owner’s illness; putting the pets interests first. The animals will be placed in quarantine for 14 days, with animal care providers carefully monitoring them.
Per the CDC recommendations:
Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.
Because there is a small risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
- Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
- Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.
- Do not put face coverings on pets. Covering a pet’s face could harm them.
There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.
Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.
*CDC recommendation “If You Have Pets”.