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Update: Odessa Animal Control Responds to Possible Distemper Exposure

Post Date:12/05/2018 1:09 PM

Update: 

The Odessa Animal Control Shelter was notified of a possible exposure to distemper November 28, 2018. Canine distemper is a contagious viral disease for which there is no specific treatment. Once notified of the issue, proactive measures were taken to prevent the spread of this contagious disease among other animals at the shelter. Several Placement Partner group assisted in getting many animals out and the building where the possible exposure occurred was cleaned to prevent further spread of the illness. Despite those efforts a few dogs began showing severe symptoms and many other dogs are now showing common symptoms consistent with distemper. The remaining animals have likely been exposed to the illness. We are working with local veterinarians to confirm whether or not the illness is distemper and to determine the best course of action. We have requested assistance from our Placement partner groups again but understand their limited resources were strained by the animals taken last week. Owners, who were reclaiming pets after the shelter was notified, were advised of the possible exposure to their pet and advised to follow-up with their veterinarian. No specific date or time is set for animals to be euthanized. Unfortunately, however, euthanasia will be performed on dogs that are ill in accordance to policy. America Pets Alive has offered to assist the Odessa Police Department with this outbreak. America Pets Alive is a division of Austin Pets Alive and has success in helping other shelters such as Lubbock and Harris County contain and deal with distemper outbreaks.

 

Original posted 11/29/2018 

The Odessa Animal Control Shelter was notified of an exposure to distemper November 28, 2018. Canine distemper is a contagious viral disease for which there is no specific treatment. Once notified of the issue, proactive measures were taken to prevent the spread of this contagious disease among other animals at the shelter. Owners, who were reclaiming pets after the shelter was notified, were advised of the possible exposure to their pet and advised to follow-up with their veterinarian. Requests were made for assistance from placement partner groups which were able to respond and fifty-three dogs were relocated by those groups. Several dogs had to be euthanized due to exhibiting signs of illness and not being eligible for release. The shelter is currently not taking in any animals until the building has been completely sanitized. Intakes should resume Friday at 10:00 A.M. The Odessa Police Department would like to thank Speaking up for those who Can’t, Barkabull, Big Bones, Key to Happiness, the Odessa Humane Society, Addicus, Cherished Pets and Free Lance for the incredible response to our request for help with this difficult situation.

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