Kentucky animal shelter stops taking animals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville Metro Animal Services have announced a disease outbreak and to keep it from spreading, the shelter will temporarily stop taking in animals except those facing emergency situations.

LMAS Director Justin Scally told WAVE-TV that since June there have been 10 cases of distemper and more than 20 cases of upper respiratory illness at their Manslick facility.

Scally said on Friday they are setting up a separate facility where they can isolate and review animals. The agency offering two free vaccination clinics next month because Scally said many of the animals come to them already sick.

The facility has also changed some cleaning techniques after Scally took over, including increased scrubbing of cages and steps to prevent cross-contamination.

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