Greenville County Animal Care said they have a confirmed case of K-9 influenza with a stray dog that came to their shelter and now many dogs are in need of adoption by Friday.
Staff said they are working to disinfect the area where the dog stayed and are forced to leave it empty for 48 hours.
"We are taking cautionary measures to isolate and clean areas of our shelter where dogs are housed. In order to do this, we need all dogs whose stray hold is over to leave the shelter for a minimum of one week before introducing them to other dogs," a representative for the shelter said.
"Dogs inoculated with a core vaccine (like DA2PPV) are not protected against Canine Influenza, and therefore prudent precautions are necessary to prevent this disease from spreading," according to the shelter.
The dogs who were in that area are in need of adoption, staff said. They are currently being housed in the Lost and Found section of Greenville County Animal Care.
In order to see the animals in most urgent need, go to the Greenville County Pet Rescue Facebook page. They are asking that you look under the super urgent and urgent photo gallery, gather all the information about the dog you want to adopt, before heading to the shelter.
The shelter said all dogs past their fifth day must be adopted or fostered out. Animals that are not taken out of the shelter may be euthenized, according to the shelter. The shelter's hold period is normally five days.
The shelter needs to clean the area where the infected dog was, so they are placing the other dogs in another area. Due to this situation the shelter is strictly enforcing their five-day hold. The shelter said they normally receive 30 to 50 dogs a day.
Since this is such an urgent matter, staff is asking that you bring in the dog's name and ID number to save time during the adoption process.
They said people adopting will have to sign a waiver if they adopt one of the high-risk dogs saying that you understand the dog could have been exposed to the flu.
The dogs must be confirmed no later than noon on Friday, and must leave the shelter no later than 7 p.m. that day, a representative for the shelter said.
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