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Respiratory virus halts adoptions at Humane Society of Northeast Texas

From Staff Reports
Jan. 21, 2014 at 7:13 a.m.


The Humane Society of Northeast Texas has suspended adoptions of animals at their shelter due to an upper respiratory virus working its way through the population.

"We in the area of Gregg County are experiencing an upper respiratory virus among the canine population which, at sudden onset, will show nasal signs, including ocular discharge, nasal discharge, sneezing, and often coughing. The virus can rapidly progress into a high fever, and even death, shortly after the first signs are present," wrote Executive Director Scott Holloway in a press release sent out midday Tuesday.

Holloway said it was not yet clear what virus was working through the animals and that local veterinarians had been contacted to run tests.

The shelter, with which the city of Longview contracts for animal sheltering services, is still accepting public animal surrenders and will receive animals from the animal control officers of surrounding areas, but residents are discouraged from giving up their dogs at this time, he said.

"We have isolated our current residents and arranged for clean and sanitized accommodations for incoming animals; however, we are dealing with a virus that can transmit airborne … we will do all we can within reason to keep those dogs healthy," Holloway said.

A full copy of the press release can be seen below:

<em>We in the area of Gregg County are experiencing an upper respiratory virus among the canine population which, at sudden onset, will show nasal signs, including ocular discharge, nasal discharge, sneezing, and often coughing. The virus can rapidly progress into a high fever, and even death, shortly after the first signs are present. The Humane Society of Northeast Texas has quarantined our current residents for observation and suspended adoptions until we determine that the animals in our care are healthy.</em>

<em>Although we will allow animal surrenders from the public, we will discourage them until the current threat is eliminated. We have isolated our current residents and arranged for clean and sanitized accommodations for incoming animals; however, we are dealing with a virus that can transmit airborne. Animal Control services will continue through their municipalities, and we will do all we can within reason to keep those dogs healthy.</em>

<em>We ask for the community to understand and be considerate of our efforts to ensure the health and the welfare of our animals.</em>

<em>Scott Holloway, CKO, CDT, CET</em>

<em>Executive Director</em>

<em>Humane Society of Northeast Texas</em>

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