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Albany Humane Society still fighting distemper virus

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Albany Humane Society Executive Director Donna Strickland Albany Humane Society Executive Director Donna Strickland
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

So far, the Albany shelter has only had to euthanize one dog because of the distemper outbreak.

The Humane Society is waiting on test results to see if other dogs showing symptoms actually have distemper. Until then, she says the shelter will not give up.

"All we can do right now is supportive care," Strickland said. "All the dogs in the facility are on antibiotics, we are going to make sure that we can save every animal that we can."

Martha Ann Coe of the Terrell County Animal Control says it should put all dog owners on alert.

"Most people think that if they just get their yearly vaccines as far as rabies that your dog is covered but he is not," Coe said. "If your dog is loose and roaming the streets or even if you go to a friends home who has a dog, you have put your dog in danger."

Extra pens have been set up at the Albany Humane Society for the dogs to move into next week, while workers fully sanitize the building to eliminate the virus. It will be several weeks before it gets the all clear and can reopen.

 

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