Kennel free of deadly virus

Dogs, need adopting and get abandoned at Christmas again. Springfield Kennels, Ossett
Dogs, need adopting and get abandoned at Christmas again. Springfield Kennels, Ossett

DOG kennels at the centre of an investigation into a suspected outbreak of a deadly virus have been given a clean bill of health.

Springfield Boarding Kennels in Ossett was investigated by environmental health officers last week after fears over a Parvovirus outbreak.

But this week Wakefield Council bosses confirmed the premises were clean.

Glynn Humphries, the council’s service director for cleaner and greener, said: “The investigation is now closed.

“There was no evidence to confirm that there had been an outbreak of Parvovirus – a number of dogs were also tested and found to be negative.”

The family-run kennels on Wakefield Road officially closed on Wednesday.

Owner Steven Connolly decided to call it a day after 30 years due to falling demand.

He said: “There was never an outbreak of Parvovirus. I think it was all just malicious rumours and gossip on the internet.

“We stopped accepting new dogs on January 1 and because of this gossip we did have trouble rehoming some of our stray dogs – the rescue centres would not take them in case they were infected.”

However since the council investigation was completed some kennels have backed down.

Mr Connolly said: “We have seven stray dogs left at the kennels but they all have homes to go to.”

The closure of Springfield Boarding Kennels means that stray dogs picked up by the council will no longer stay in Wakefield.

Instead they will be taken to either Mount Pleasant Kennels, in Hampole, South Yorkshire or to Cliffe Kennels, in Hoylandswaine, Barnsley.

To report a lost or stray dog contact Wakefield Council on 0845 8506506.