AUGUSTA – The state Animal Welfare Program director says people do not need to worry about their pets and coronavirus.
He said some pet owners in other states panicked last week over concerns and started dumping animals at their local shelters.
“Your animal cannot give you COVID-19,” said Liam Hughes, Animal Welfare Program director. “It cannot carry it around. It will not get sick from COVID-19. Your pets are safe. Just everybody should have a plan in place that if they get sick, who is going to take care of their animals.”
The CDC recommends if people are sick, either confirmed or suspected, to limit contact with pets. That means no petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, or sharing food with a person’s pet.
The post adds, if a person is sick and must care for pets that they wash their hands before and after handling them.