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Viral infection closes Hancock Co. Animal Shelter

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A respiratory infection that swept through the Hancock County Animal Shelter has sickened dozens of dogs and forced the shelter to temporarily shut its doors.

Shelter director Toni Accardo told WLOX News some of the dogs may have to be euthanized from what she called "dog influenza."

The illnesses began showing up last week, infecting up to 40 dogs. Accardo said veterinarians she consulted said the illness could be spread to dogs outside the shelter through contamination on clothing. The infection cannot be spread to cats.

Results from tests being conducted on the sick dogs could come back late Thursday or Friday.

Shelter employees are using bleach to clean the kennels and other areas of the shelter on Texas Flat Road. The shelter has been closed for a week. Accardo anticipates reopening February 18.

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