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Pets can get coronavirus, CDC warns. Here’s what public health officials say to do

House pets can get infected with the coronavirus, public health officials say, but the illness is normally mild in animals and none have died.

Officials say there’s not a lot of information on pets and coronavirus as the world works to respond to the pandemic. But they say the risk is low that dogs and cats could pass the virus to humans.

“A small number of pets (cats and dogs) have been confirmed to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with a person with COVID-19,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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If you’re adopting a dog in the pandemic, steer clear of puppy mills, Humane Society warns

The Humane Society of the United States is urging those looking to adopt a pet during the pandemic to steer clear of the hundreds of puppy mills that remain in business despite years of animal care violations.

“We urge the public not to purchase dogs from pet stores or websites, because puppy mills hide behind these fronts,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the animal welfare advocacy organization. “We also ask families to consider adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization as their first option.”

Each May the organization releases “The Horrible Hundred,” a report detailing violations

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