Title: Oklahoma City Animal Shelter Temporarily Closes Due to Widespread Canine Infection
In a significant setback for animal lovers in Oklahoma City, the local animal shelter has been forced to close its doors once again due to a severe outbreak of an upper respiratory infection among its dog population. This closure marks the third time this year that the shelter has had to suspend public access to contain the spread of the infection.
At present, approximately 65 dogs in the shelter have been affected by a combination of the canine flu and strep zoo, with the unfortunate loss of five dogs to the infection. The initial closure occurred on March 29 after several dogs fell ill with these contagious diseases. Although the shelter reopened on May 12, it had to close again on June 3 to implement more stringent containment measures.
Officials have emphasized that the decision to temporarily shut down the shelter is crucial in preventing the further spread of the infection not only within the facility but also to other dogs in the metro area. Superintendent Jon Gary of OKC Animal Welfare has indicated that additional closures may be necessary until the canine community develops immunity against these diseases.
During the closure period, the shelter will continue to accept sick, injured, or dangerous animals, highlighting the dedication of the staff to the welfare of these vulnerable animals. Presently, there are approximately 425 dogs under the shelter’s care.
Pet owners who have recently adopted dogs from the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter are urged to closely monitor their pets for any signs of upper respiratory symptoms. In case of any symptoms, seeking immediate veterinary advice is strongly recommended to ensure prompt care and treatment.
For residents who have lost their pets, there is still hope. They can visit okc.gov/animalwelfare to search for their lost companions and reclaim them if they are in the shelter’s care. The online platform serves as a vital resource to reunite owners with their beloved pets.
The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter’s recent closures and ongoing efforts to combat this widespread canine infection underscore the challenges faced in ensuring the health and well-being of animals in their care. As members of the community, it is crucial for all residents to support the shelter’s endeavors and adhere to the guidelines provided to protect the animals and prevent the infection from spreading further.
Please stay tuned for updates on the shelter’s reopening, and in the meantime, let us all play our part in keeping our pets safe and our animal community healthy.
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