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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has learned that Metro Animal Services is temporarily suspending some of its services at one of its centers Thursday afternoon after a confirmed case of "canine distemper."
The center affected is located at 3705 Manslick Road. The Animal House Adoption Center at 3516 Newburg Road is not affected.
The animal involved is a Jack Russell terrier that was involved in a biting incident prior to being brought to the center. That animal died while in quarantine. An autopsy performed by the University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Lexington revealed that the dog died from canine distemper.
"Distemper is spread much like the flu," a news release states. "It can become airborne when an animal coughs and live up to two hours outside the host. Distemper is passed from dog to dog and is not a danger to humans."
The dog was not in contact with other animals at the center, according to the release.
As a result of the finding, all movement in the Animal Care Center has been restricted and the animals are under observation. A "cleaning protocol" is in effect.
As a precautionary measure, the center has suspended the following services:
Stray dog pickup by Animal Control officers.
Spay / neuter surgery for current shelter dogs and puppies.