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UPDATE: Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter Closed by Distemper to Reopen

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/3/13 @ 11:05 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP & WSAZ) -- The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association shelter is reopening following an outbreak of distemper.

Executive director Donna Clark tells the Associated Press that employees and volunteers have been cleaning the shelter since it closed Dec. 19.

At one point, it was believed that all of the animals in the shelter would have to be euthanized -- but that was not the case.

Distemper is a deadly virus that’s spread through the air and is highly contagious. The veterinarians that met when the shelter had to close said up to that point the shelter had followed proper protocol when it came to vaccinating the animals. They said the outbreak was a result of sick dogs being dropped off at the shelter.

At least five cats and six dogs have been put down because of the virus.

The shelter will resume adoptions Thursday. It has been accepting new animals for several days.



UPDATE 12/20/12 @ 12:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSA) -- A group of veterinarians is evaluating dozens of animals exposed to a deadly virus.

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association had an emergency meeting Thursday morning at the animal shelter.

Wednesday, the board thought all of the animals would have to be euthanized, but members are now relieved to hear that's not the case. However, in order to save as many animals as possible -- fast action is needed.

During the meeting, five veterinarians chimed in on the outbreak of distemper. Distemper is a deadly virus that’s spread through the air and is highly contagious. The veterinarians say up to this point the shelter has followed proper protocol when it comes to vaccinating the animals. They say this is a result of sick dogs being dropped off at the shelter.

So far, five cats and six dogs have been put down because of the virus. The focus now is on trying to save the rest.

“The step is to stop what you're doing, quarantine the animals that are sick, treat them appropriately, clean the environment and then open it back up to the public, which is exactly what the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter is doing,” Dr. Leigh Nida with Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital said.

Veterinarians are evaluating the animals to see which ones can still be adopted and when. At this time there are 96 dogs and several cats at the shelter.

As for when the shelter will reopen, it could be anywhere from a few days to a month. They're estimating it to take a couple of weeks before everything is in the clear.

The humane association is asking for as much help as possible with this situation.

Anyone interested in temporarily fostering one of the animals or even donating or volunteering -- should contact the shelter at 304-342-1576.

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UPDATE 12/19/12 @ 5:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha-Charleston animal shelter is dealing with a distemper outbreak.

The director of the shelter says they have confirmed two dogs are sick with the disease -- so far. Dozens of others may be sick.

Right now, all of the animals are being put into quarantine.

An emergency meeting of the animal shelter board is being held Thursday morning. They are going to meet with veterinarians to see what they need to do next.

The shelter is closed and will stay that way for at least the next two weeks.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/19/12
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of animals are being put to sleep at the Kanawha Charleston Animal Shelter.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper tells WSAZ.com the shelter is dealing with a distemper outbreak.

The shelter is being forced to put about 80 animals to sleep because of the outbreak.

We have calls into the animal shelter for a comment, but have not heard back.

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