Texas SPCA extends suspension on admissions and adoptions, more dogs test positive for distemper

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas SPCA announced Wednesday that it is continuing to suspend adoptions and admissions due to an outbreak of distemper.

On June 8, the Texas SPCA announced they were suspending adoptions and admissions for at least two weeks due to at least two dogs infected with distemper, a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease in dogs.

Now the Texas SPCA has said there are at least 15 dogs infected with distemper. The suspension is expected to last at least another three weeks.

All dogs continue to be monitored and 155 dogs have been tested for the infection, the Texas SPCA said in a statement. Of these tests, 144 results were received and 15 distemper positive dogs were identified.

“The Texas SPCA respectfully asks for the patience of the public as we do everything in our power to protect and care for animals in our facilities and in our community,” said Karen Froehlich, president and CEO of the Texas SPCA. “This situation indicates that the distemper virus is circulating in the community, and the Texas SPCA urges all pet owners to vaccinate all of their animals against all species-specific diseases under the direction of their veterinarian as well only to have their animal neutered or neutered. neutered and microchipped.”

The locations listed below will remain closed to adopters, volunteers and community members for at least three weeks:

The Texas SPCA said offsite adoptions of cats and kittens from local stores will continue. Livestock and horse adoptions at the Texas SPCA Equine Center in McKinney will also continue and select foster dogs will also be available for adoption by appointment.

The Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Care Clinic will remain open, food and supply drives for the Russell H. Perry Pet Resource Center will continue, the Ellis County Animal Care Center will quarantine pets in the event of a bite, and investigations animal cruelty issues will also continue.

“This disease is highly preventable when dogs are properly vaccinated,” said Texas SPCA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amber Alu. “The vaccine is effective and costs much less than treating the disease or losing your pet to the virus. I strongly recommend that all dog and ferret owners ensure that vaccination against the disease Square of their animals is up to date. Dog owners should also exercise caution when socializing puppies or unvaccinated dogs where dogs congregate like the parks.”