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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany veterinarian has confirmed to the Humane Society that the wildlife disease known as distemper was present at the Albany Animal control intake facility, which shares space with their Adoption Center.

Distemper is a dangerous and highly contagious disease. A similar outbreak has occurred in Grady County.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has mandated a strict quarantine until this disease has been eradicated in our Adoption Center and in the Albany Animal Control intake facility.

Until further notice, Albany Animal Control and Dougherty County Animal Control will take injured or sick animals to veterinarians, but not Animal Control.

"We're doing all we can to try to save the animals," said President of the Board Jay Robertson. "We knew there was a problem Friday and started treating all the animals in adoption. We didn't know what it was. We had a death Monday and a necropsy confirmed distemper. Every animal in the Albany shelter has been exposed and is being treated."

Officials expect the quarantine to stay in place for several weeks.

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