Emporia Animal Shelter Under Quarantine Because Of Deadly Distemper Outbreak

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Veterinarians in Emporia believe they have the answer to a mystery illness responsible for killing dogs at the city's animal shelter.

The Lyon County Fairgrounds will serve as a temporary animal shelter for dogs because the actual Emporia Animal Shelter is under quarantine.

Dr. Floyd Dorsey says they suspected from the beginning, that the disease spreading through the animal shelter and killing dogs was distemper.

“We've had 26 dogs euthanized since the start of the month,” Emporia veterinarian Dr. Floyd Dorsey said.

“My biggest scare was that we had some new type of virus that was not going to be protected from the vaccine,” Dr. Dorsey continued.

Early test results that just came back show it is a distemper outbreak.

Dr. Dorsey believes it probably started with unvaccinated animals being picked up, taken to the shelter, and then spreading it to other dogs.

“It's definitely a situation where the dogs are not protected. Had they been protected and vaccinated, I don't think we would have seen this,” Dr. Dorsey said.

Dr. Dorsey say getting your dog vaccinated and staying up to date with the shots can not only save your pet's life, it will keep other dogs healthy too.

The temporary shelter at Lyon County fairground is not open to the public. It is also not a drop off spot for dogs. If you do have a stray or lost dog, you're asked to report it as you normally would through the Emporia Animal Shelter or Emporia Animal Control.

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