A dog at the Front Street Animal Shelter tested positive for a highly contagious and dangerous bacterial infection.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento will not be accepting healthy, stray dogs for a minimum of two weeks starting Thursday after a dog at the shelter tests positive for a highly contagious and dangerous bacterial infection.
According to the Front Street Animal Shelter, the infected dog tested positive for Streptococcus zooepidemicus, better known as streptococci, which can cause infected dogs to bleed into their lungs and airways.
Dogs in animal shelters are often found dead in their kennels before symptoms of the disease appear.
Spokane County’s Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) experienced a similar outbreak, according to the Front Street Shelter.
The Front Street Shelter said it will follow the same protocol as SCRAPS, closing it to the public for two weeks to treat dogs in its care, and following animal shelter medicine protocols from infectious disease experts.
The shelter is looking for emergency foster homes to temporarily house the dogs currently in the shelter to prevent the infection from spreading.
“Limiting the number of animals in the shelter is the most important step we can take to reduce a widespread outbreak of the disease,” Phillip Zimmerman, manager of the Front Street Animal Shelter, said in a statement.
The Front Street Shelter encourages anyone who finds a healthy, stray dog to try first to track down the dog’s owner by posting, talking to neighbors, and in on Facebook’s Lost and Found Pet Pages, Craigslist, Nextdoor posts signs for found dogs throughout the area.
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