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DOUGLAS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER UNDER QUARANTINE FOLLOWING PNEUMONIA OUTBREAK
External Volunteer Support, Supplies Needed
(Douglasville, GA)- The Douglas County Animal Shelter has been placed under a mandatory quarantine by the Georgia Department of Agriculture following a pneumonia outbreak among 14 dogs- slightly less than 10% of the dog population in the facility. The quarantine order follows the shelter’s voluntary closure on Tuesday in a proactive effort to safeguard against further spread.
The quarantine, effective immediately, is expected to last 14-days. During this period, the shelter will adhere to strict protocols to contain the spread of the illness and provide necessary medical attention to affected animals. The facility will remain closed to the public and no animals can enter or leave the facility except for those being reclaimed. Additionally, Animal Control will operate on an emergency-only basis and only injured, aggressive, or cases involving cruelty will be accepted.
"Our top priority is the health and welfare of the animals in our care. We are taking swift and comprehensive action to address this outbreak and prevent further spread within the shelter," said Vanessa Francikowski, Douglas County Animal Services Director. “We are also working in unison with our shelter veterinarian and state veterinarian to address any further health concerns that may arise,” she stated.
The quarantine will be lifted following the 14-day period, pending no further outbreaks. No cats were affected by the illness, and shelter staff remain in good health.
Supplies/DonationsMeantime, as part of the containment efforts, the shelter is seeking support from the community. The following supplies are urgently needed:
-Blankets-Durable Dog Toys (Nyla Bones, Chews)-Stuffed toys (Kongs, Chew Kings)-Paper Products: Bags, Small Cardboard Boxes, Empty Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Rolls-Calming Oil or Treats-Xylitol-Free Peanut Butter
Donations can be dropped off at the front doors of the shelter, located at 2171 Mack Road in Douglasville, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Online donations can be made through the Douglas County Website. Visit www.douglascountyga.gov and navigate to the Animal Shelter page.
Volunteers are also needed to assist with washing blankets and dishes and to help prepare enrichment items. Please note, volunteers will not have direct interaction with the shelter dogs during this time. Those interested in volunteering can contact Cynthia Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For additional information regarding the quarantine, contact Vanessa Francikowski at: email@example.com or call the shelter at: 770-942-5961.