Knoxville pet shelters closed because of test for distemper

Knoxville pet shelters closed because of positive test for distemper

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The center at 3201 Division St. will be closed Wednesday. The animal village at 6400 Kingston Pike will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The center at 3201 Division St. will be closed Wednesday. The animal village at 6400 Kingston Pike will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
The dog adoption area has been quarantined to prevent the spread of infection. The dog adoption area has been quarantined to prevent the spread of infection.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Young-Williams Animal Center and Animal Village are closed because two dogs at one of the shelters tested positive for distemper.

The center at 3201 Division St. will be closed Wednesday. The animal village at 6400 Kingston Pike will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Young-Williams officials say the dogs that tested positive were at the Division Street location.

"Distemper is a canine disease that can exhibit itself in a number of ways," explained Young-Williams CEO Jeff Ashin. "Respiratory symptoms to light twitching, all the way to seizures."

The dog adoption area has been quarantined to prevent the spread of infection.

"It's important to close the shelter to get a handle to make sure no other animals have the disease," said Ashin.

All animals receive a distemper vaccination when they are admitted to the facilities.

Ashin says if you have adopted a pet recently from the shelter you should not have any problems, but if you do see signs of distemper to let them know.

It is important to remember that wild animals, like raccoons, coyotes, and foxes, can spread the disease

Young-Williams officials say distemper cases appear to be on the rise in the Knoxville area. They encourage all pet owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated.

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