In response to an outbreak of a sometimes deadly canine disease in King County, Everett has temporarily closed its three off-leash dog areas.
Those parks include Howarth Park at 1127 Olympic Blvd., Loganberry Lane Park at the end of 18th Avenue West and Lowell Park at 46th Street and South Third Avenue.
King County veterinarians’ reports of an “alarming spike” of canine parvovirus cases prompted the city to make the precautionary closures, according to a release from the City of Everett.
The virus spreads easily, according to the release, and can live in the ground, in feeding dishes, on collars, leashes, hands and clothes of pet handlers for long periods of time. Dogs can shed the virus for up to two weeks before showing any signs of illness. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and lethargy.
The city said in a news release that it has already received a handful of unconfirmed reports that dogs have become ill after visiting the dog areas.