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IACC still not accepting new dogs after confirmed cases of distemper

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 29, 2015) – Indianapolis Animal Care and Control leaders say they’re still working to get the distemper cases under control at the shelter. Last week, three dogs had to be euthanized.

IACC leaders confirmed a fourth dog was euthanized this weekend due to the disease. Leaders said they believe they have tracked down “patient zero” and that dog is not longer in the care of IACC. Currently there are 21 dogs at the facility that are quarantined.

IACC leaders waived adoption fees for those dogs because they must clean and sanitize the kennels to be sure the building is completely disease-free.

“As soon as they get adopted, we can deep clean the adoption floor and then start adding new dogs to the adoption floor, but we absolutely cannot deep clean while there are still dogs in there, because the chemicals would be harmful to them,” explained Dawn Contos.

Contos said there’s not a high likelihood that any of those dogs have the disease. Leaders do recommend owners to vaccinate their dogs.

No new dogs are being accepted at IACC until the facility is clean. That means they are not accepting strays or owner surrenders at this time. Leaders said it won’t be until mid-October when they can begin to accept more dogs. They also said, most dogs available for adoption are not small breeds and they do not have any puppies.

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