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    Posted: May 01 2018 at 3:53am
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Helping Hounds Dog Rescue temporarily shut down due to disease

by CNYCentral

Tuesday, May 1st 2018

DEWITT, N.Y. — Helping Hounds Dog Rescue will be temporarily closing to assess a recent confirmed case of canine distemper, a serious viral disease.

According to Kathy Gilmour, the shelter's executive director, there have been outbreaks of the disease throughout the United States. Many have been attributed to unvaccinated pets, as well as wildlife displaced during the severe hurricane season last fall.

While Gilmour said all dogs at Helping Hounds are vaccinated for distemper prior to their adoption, the vaccination is not effective for dogs that had already been infected or have a weakened immune system.

“As an organization that puts first the health and well-being of our dogs, as well as, the safety of our community, we are taking every precaution to assess possible causes and prevent additional cases,” Gilmour said. “During the temporary closure will be working closely with the veterinarians from Cornell University Shelter Medicine who will guide us with their expertise. In addition, we have consulted with the ASPCA and local veterinarians. Working together, we will take any necessary steps to prevent further spreading of the disease. Our dogs are family, and they deserve our full love and attention on this matter.”

The temporary closure will begin immediately until further notice. During this time, dogs will not be adopted out of or brought into Helping Hounds.


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