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Temporary Shelter Closes

Tuesday October 11, 2011

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) has closed the temporary shelter and will resume emergency intakes at the Manslick location effective immediately.

The temporary shelter, in the old public works building on Newburg Road next to the Animal House Adoption Center, was initially opened to the public on Tuesday, September 20 in an effort to stop the spread of disease. After consulting shelter medicine experts from the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, LMAS separated new intake animals from the population at the Manslick location. “This separation enabled veterinary staff to draw blood to determine which animals had adequate titer levels,” said Director of Louisville Metro Animal Services Justin Scally.

The animals identified as low risk (adequate immune systems) and showing no signs of upper respiratory illnesses were put up for adoption or given a second chance by rescue groups. The animals with weak immune systems continue to be treated and our located in a separate building. Additional blood tests will determine if their immune systems have improved.

All new animals arriving at Manslick will be cared for in a separate building by staff that will not have any contact with the previous in an effort to prevent the spread of disease and prevent cross contamination. All populations are continually monitored by vet staff.

No new cases of distemper have been identified in the shelter. However, LMAS Animal Control Officers have responded to calls and identified two possible cases of distemper over the weekend involving animals picked up in the Metro area.

Every pet owner is encouraged to take precaution as upper respiratory diseases including distemper continue to be an issue throughout the community and southeast region of the United States. Getting animals vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of these potentially deadly diseases. Two free vaccination clinics over the last two weekends protected almost 500 animals in Louisville Metro.