Dozens of dogs at a California city animal shelter are perishing from a deadly viral disease. According to Thursday’s KTLA News, some employees at the San Bernardino City Shelter have expressed concerns about the number of dogs dying from the disease, buy they claim that they are being threatened with losing their jobs if they speak publicly about the distemper outbreak which is believed to be responsible for at least 80 canine deaths.
Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease which causes respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological problems. The viral infection is spread through bodily fluids, including droplets from sneezing and coughing – with dogs kept in close proximity inside of the city’s kennel runs, spread of the disease can be rampant.
The animal control shelter manager has stated that the shelter staff is doing what they can to contain the distemper outbreak – including bleaching of the kennel areas and evacuating certain portions of the shelter. Though the shelter manager has stated that the crisis has already “peaked,” there are rescue volunteers who believe that the problem is not yet contained.
Tragically, dozens of dogs who have been adopted from this facility have come down with the disease – and most of them have died. According to Pet Md, adopters who are concerned about their new pet should watch for symptoms of distemper, which include: Fever, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and neurological signs such as paralysis and seizures.
(Screenshots via KTLA news)