Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center is working toward reopening early next week.
“It’s all clear,” said facility director Kim Pettrey. “We are sanitizing everything every day and trying to get the sick room ready. We’re hoping to reopen early next week.”
The facility has been closed since May 17. Since that time, Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) has been accepting dogs that test with a high immunity for distemper to reduce the dog population and the burden on staff members as they test and treat every dog in an effort to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease.
In the final few days of the quarantine, staff will be sanitizing the facility with Wysiwash Sanitizer, a handheld, pH neutral, chlorine generator. The solution kills bacteria and is environmentally friendly.
“We want to make sure everything is clean and sanitary,” said Pettrey.
However, it’s not all good news.
“We’ve had to euthanize 14 dogs since this began a month ago,” said Pettrey. “We euthanized 11 last month and three this month. We had one dog come in with distemper and this is what happens, we’re closed over a month and we have to euthanize 14 dogs. I know I’ve said it before, but all of this could have been prevented if people would have their dogs vaccinated.”
The dog showed no signs of the disease.
“If it had come in showing signs of distemper, I would have immediately taken it to the vet,” said Pettrey. “It wouldn’t have gone into the area with other dogs. There’s no way I would have done that.”
This is the second bout of distemper, with the first being in 2015. It ended after one month of closure and 11 dogs euthanized.
A sick room was the idea of county Health and Welfare Committee members who met last week.
Commissioner Teddy Boyd expressed a desire to prevent a third outbreak, if possible.
“In the near future, we need to look at a quarantine area,” said Boyd. “Kim says she has an extra kennel and we could put a quarantine area at the end of the property. She says she had everything she needs but the fencing. Maybe next year, we can look at buying some fencing and making a place for quarantine. That one dog has come in with distemper and has cost the county about $2,000.”
Because the dog was showing no signs, a quarantine area might not prevent a third outbreak.
“I don’t think that would do any good,” said Commissioner Tommy Savage. “One can come in and look healthy and you just don’t know.”
At this time, the exact date of reopening Animal Control has not been determined.