BERKLEY (WBSM) — The Berkley Police Department announced Tuesday that the death of two puppies from a local kennel this month was caused by a contagious virus found in dogs.

According to Berkley Police Chief Christopher Baker, a resident notified the department on August 31 about the sudden illness of four of their puppies.

The following month, two of the four puppies died.

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Baker said the department, along with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and local veterinarians, opened an investigation into the deaths of the puppies.

The investigation found that the two dogs died of canine parvovirus, a highly contagious virus that is dangerous to dogs.

Baker said the investigation found that there was no foul play involved in the deaths of the puppies.

"We understand that this has been an unsettling situation in our community, and we wish to thank our residents for their patience during our investigation," Baker said. "The Berkley Police Department remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents, including our two- and four-legged ones."

Baker said the other two puppies that fell ill are currently receiving veterinary care.

MSPCA Director of Communications Rob Halpin said dog owners should always monitor their pets if they are experiencing symptoms of canine parvovirus, such as vomiting, lack of appetite, lethargy and a sudden fever.

“It’s important to monitor our dogs and if any of the symptoms occur then it’s time to contact your vet,” Halpin said. “Every puppy should be vaccinated for parvovirus to ensure that these infections don’t happen.”

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