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Greenville County Animal Care closing for two weeks

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Crews clean inside Greenville County Animal Care on Sunday. (Aug. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina) Crews clean inside Greenville County Animal Care on Sunday. (Aug. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Closed sign on the door at Greenville County Animal Care. (Aug. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina) Closed sign on the door at Greenville County Animal Care. (Aug. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville County Animal Care announced Sunday that the facility will be closed to the public until Tuesday, Sept. 3 due to an abundance of caution after a confirmed case of an extremely contagious dog illness.

Officials said they learned Thursday that a dog that had recently died at the facility had been suffering from canine influenza. They said the dog was only confirmed case of the illness.

Since learning of this, officials said they consulted with experts on the disease, and decided to close the facility while the facility and the pets kept there are decontaminated.

Every dog in the quarantined section of Animal Care will be receiving preventative treatment, officials said. Cats are immune to the virus.

Officials said the facility will not be able to take in any new animals during the closure, due to contamination concerns and no animals will be up for adoption, including cats.

When the shelter re-opens, they will start taking in cats and dogs again, will adopt out cats, and pre-adopt dogs.

Quarantined dogs won't be available for adoption until September 10, officials say.

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