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Outbreak shuts down St. Johns Pet Center

10:12 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy St. Johns County Pet Center
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Pet Center shut down operation Friday due to a Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) outbreak.

Adoptions of the dogs currently housed at the center will continue through 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 and all associated adoption fees will be waived. 

The center will not take any new dogs from now untill November 29 in order to decontaminate the facility. 

During this time, no new dogs will be accepted, owner releases will be prohibited, and Animal Control canine call responses will be limited to emergency cases with aggressive or ill animals, according to SJCPC.

Visitors who adopt dogs during the two week span will receive medication and instructions to treat their new pet as a precaution. 

While treatment has a high success rate, according to the center, those who adopt dogs during this period are encouraged to isolate them from other canines.

The Animal Control Division is requesting that the public contact other shelters and rescue groups in the case of stray dogs.

Those wishing to conduct an owner release are requested to retain the dog until November 30 when the shelter will renew full canine operations.

The Pet Center will remain open during this time for feline operations and adoptions as the CIRD bacteria is not contagious to humans or cats. 

The St. Augustine Pet Center will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume full operations on November 30. 

For additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us or contact the Pet Center at 904.209.6190. Animal Control can be contacted after hours by calling 904.209.0746.

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