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Dogs test positive for distemper at local animal shelter

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The Brunswick County Animal Shelter is on lock down after two dogs tested positive for a virus. Two dogs adopted last week tested positive for distemper, a highly contagious respiratory disease. No dogs will be adopted from the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. The shelter will decide in two weeks when all dogs in the shelter have been tested whether to start allowing dog adoptions again. This is the second time this year the shelter has had cases of distemper, which comes in from the outside. "The dogs that we pick up in the wild are exposed to the distemper and since we are a public shelter, that's why we have the dogs that are more at risk," explained Fred Michael of the Brunswick County Health Department. All services for cats, including adoption, will still be available. If you have questions about distemper, call Brunswick County Animal Services at 910-755-6434.

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