Program unveils city’s tallest mural

MuralsDC, a graffiti prevention program that replaces tagged walls with original artwork, recently unveiled the city’s tallest mural, on the southwest side of the Paul Lawrence Dunbar apartment building, 2001 15th St. NW.

The work, by D.C. muralist Aniekan Udofia, is about six stories high.Udofia created the work despite a fear of heights, a statement said.

The mural, “Connectivity DC,” highlights the ways seniors and young people are connected to technology and the D.C. social scene. The work includes images referencing two Paul Lawrence Dunbar poems, and a pair of piano keys as a tribute to U Street’s “Black Broadway” heyday in the 1940s and 1950s.

MuralsDC has produced more than 50 murals in every ward of the city through funding by the D.C. Department of Public Works. The program selects business sites that have been repeatedly marked with graffiti and are clearly visible from the street.

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Donations sought for youth homeless shelter

Casa Ruby, a nonprofit resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latino youths, is seeking donations to secure housing for homeless LGBT youths before winter. The center plans to add 30 hypothermia beds within a month but requires $30,000 to fully furnish and staff the home. The D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness has authorized the group to provide emergency winter beds because of its track record of outreach to this vulnerable population.

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City warns of potentially fatal dog illness

The D.C. Department of Health is warning dog owners about canine parvovirus, a gastrointestinal illness that particularly affects young puppies and older dogs. The city confirmed 24 cases between June and October.

The disease, an enterovirus, affects only dogs and can’t be contracted by other animals or humans. If a dog owner notices fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea (often containing blood) in their pet, the owner should seek veterinary care immediately. Severe dehydration, secondary infections and death can result if the virus goes untreated.

A series of vaccinations for puppies typically begins at 6 weeks, followed by booster vaccines every three weeks until puppies are 12 weeks old. Adult dogs typically receive boosters every one to three years. A dog that recovers from the virus will have lifetime immunity.

Owners are urged to clean surfaces that contain dog waste and vomit with diluted household bleach, because the virus can survive for more than six months unless properly disinfected.

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— Compiled by Terence McArdle