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Canine Virus Puts Local Animal Shelter On Hold

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WILLIAMSON COUTY, Tenn. - A local animal shelter has been put on hold after a contagious outbreak. For more than a week, no one will be allowed to adopt a dog from the Williamson County Animal Control after at least five dogs were exposed to the canine virus distemper.

The daily cleaning routine at the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center has quadrupled after one of the shelter's dogs tested positive for the canine virus.

"We had some sick dogs and we got a conformation test on one of those dogs Friday afternoon, about 5 p.m., that he was positive for distemper," said Animal Shelter Director Doug Brightwell.

All dogs have been quarantined in hopes the threat is gone.

"It is spread through contact and aerosol, so if the dog sneezes and he is contagious he can spread it. Of through contact if he shed the virus through all bodily fluids," said Brightwell.

Within 48 hours, every inch of this building was cleaned at least four times with gallons of disinfectant after one dog tested positive and four others showed symptoms of distemper.

"The symptoms we are seeing are: mucous discharge through the nose, sometimes from the eyes; very lethargic, progresses to diarrhea; chesty cough." Brightwell explained.

Only people working in the kennel area were allowed behind these doors where each dog waits in hopes they are safe.

While no one can adopt a dog until April 5, pets are still being accepted, like Theo who was brought in after Friday.

Until all is clear, the cleaning process will continue.

The one dog that tested positive for distemper and the four others with symptoms were all euthanized because of their risk towards the other animals. If untreated, distemper can be fatal and there are not a lot of treatment options once discovered.

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