In response to the spread of dog flu in Montgomery County, the annual Doggie Dip has been cancelled at Rockville Swim and Fitness Center.
Doggie Dip Day usually takes place at the close of the outdoor swim season, when residents can treat their dogs to an afternoon splash at the pool. The event had been scheduled for Sept. 14.
“The risk to an otherwise healthy canine cannot be ignored,” said Rockville City Police Lt. Eric Over, who’s responsible for animal control. “It is unfortunate that the City has had to cancel the event; however, the well-being of our canine residents is paramount.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog flu is spread by direct contact with infected dogs, contaminated objects and through people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
The disease cannot be spread to humans, according to the CDC.
At least two dogs in Montgomery County have died from the dog flu, several news outlets have reported.
Montgomery Parks canceled a similar doggie dip set for South Germantown Pool on Saturday out of concern for the outbreak.