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Posted on: September 22, 2022

Abilene Animal Shelter temporarily closed to public during distemper and parvo outbreak

Notice of Abilene Animal Shelter temporarily closed due to distemper and parvo outbreak

The Abilene Animal Shelter is temporarily closing to the public in an effort to properly contain an outbreak of distemper and parvo that has been observed by several area veterinarians and the City’s veterinary staff.

The Abilene Animal Shelter will not be able to accept new animals or release animals within the shelter that may have been exposed to the distemper or parvo virus, regardless of their vaccination status, until further notice.

Vaccination against distemper and parvo is the most effective way to protect your dog against the virus. A vaccinated dog, however, can still pass the virus to others. 

Abilene Animal Shelter staff vaccinate every dog on intake and administer booster vaccines for dogs 1 year and under. Unfortunately, if a dog has already contracted distemper or parvo before arriving at the shelter, or if the vaccine has not had enough time to take full effect before exposure, infection is still possible.

This increase in distemper and parvo at the Abilene Animal Shelter coincides with both a recent increase in dogs coming into the shelter, and the Shelter break-in on August 26, 2022. Dogs released from their kennels during the break-in were subsequently exposed to each other for an extended period of time, allowing for the spread of the virus among unprotected dogs.

City of Abilene Animal Services would like to remind the public of the importance of vaccinating animals, and making sure vaccinations are up to date on an annual basis.

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