TEMPORARY SHUT DOWN Distemper Cases Close Cabell-Wayne Shelter
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: May. 23, 2012 9:01 AM EDT
Updated: May. 23, 2012 9:12 AM EDT
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, Cabell County
, West Virginia
The Huntington-Cabell-Wayne-Animal Control Shelter is suspending adoptions and other activities following several distemper cases.
The shelter will be closed to the public until early June. The shelter's medical director, Dr. Jacqueline Chevalier, says several dogs were euthanized at the shelter. She tells The Herald-Dispatch that she also had to euthanize one dog at her practice.
Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum says the virus also has sickened kittens and puppies at the shelter. Those sick animals have been quarantined.
Tatum says employees will remain on the job and will continue to pick up animals. But precautions are being taken because distemper can be spread to humans.
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