The Dog Shelter decided, on Friday, to euthanize more than 50 dogs and isolate the others for at least four weeks.
The euthanized dogs from the shelter had canine distemper which is a contagious and often deadly disease that attacks the gastrointestinal, nervous and respiratory system.
These dogs are not the only ones, it is believed that one-sixth of the dogs, the ones that are in the Northland area, suffer from the disease and need to be put down as well.
Those in charge of the dog shelter said that making this heartbreaking call was necessary to keep the canine virus from spreading throughout their facility and in Ohio.
The veterinarians confessed that is was a hard call to make and that it was painful for them to put down the dogs that they started to love as their own.
On Sunday it was decided that all the dogs should be quarantined. This means that the pets won’t have any contact with the other dogs and will have little contact with humans. None of them can be adopted during the quarantine period.
The distemper disease’s symptoms can be treated but there is no cure for it and the dogs that survive it remain with permanent damage. The good news is that is has no effect on humans.
After learning about the disease the Franklin Country Dog shelter decided to vaccinate every dog that enters the shelter for distemper and other diseases. The dogs spend a few days in the “holding side” so that they can be examined before being moved to the general population.
No vaccine has 100% effectiveness and before they build up their immunity to this disease that virus can be spread, especially with the little dogs and the puppies due to the fact that they are more sensitive to any virus.
The other problem is that the signs and symptoms of the distemper disease are similar to other illnesses and that makes it difficult to detect it.
The shelter is going to open on Monday, September 12, but it is only opened for the “lost dogs”, that means that only the ones that have lost their dogs can come and check for their puppies. The shelter is not encouraging owners to let the unwanted dogs at the shelter in this period, until the isolation time is done.
The Dog Shelter is going to pick up the stray dogs, but they will go through numerous checkups before they get to the general population area.
What do you think about the dog shelters decision? Is euthanasia a good idea?
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