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Animal Control closed to public
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Sherri Bradley

Visitors are no longer welcome at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center.

“We are closed to the public,” said center director Sherri Bradley. “Adoptions and surrenders are by appointment only.” 

The decision was made following a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that exposure to pets should be limited and if you are sick with the virus, restrict contact with pets and animals, just like you would with people.

When asked if the department would respond to calls regarding stray animals, Bradley stated, “If we have the room.”

According to the CDC’s website, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans.

Offered on the CDC website were these points regarding animals and coronavirus disease 2019:

• Corona-viruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.

• Corona-viruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare.

• We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

• We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.

• We do not have evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.

It was recommended that pet owners wash their hands before and after they have interaction with their pet and wear a face mask.

Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center can be reached at 507-3647.