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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The city of Jeffersonville, Ind. says the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter has been closed to the public and its animals quarantined after a puppy there tested positive for canine distemper.
Director Harry Wilder says the puppy had received two or three shots to prevent the illness. He also said he is consulting with veterinarians about the steps to take the make sure the virus does not spread to any of the other dogs at the shelter. About 50 are housed there right now.
Wilder says the shelter will continue to accept dogs and cats from animal control agencies in Clark County, but they will be housed separately from the quarantined animals.
Earlier, animal activists furious over claims of abuse at the shelter took their message straight to Jeffersonville city officials.
Protesters walked their dogs around the fountain at the City Courthouse building in the Quadrangle Thursday. They wanted Mayor Tom Galligan to clean up the J.B. Ogle Shelter after photos surfaced showing dogs and cats lying in their waste and vomit.
Trish Roehm, the President of Southern Indiana Animal Rescue, summed up the group's message: "Our ultimate goal is to get a qualified manager in there that knows how to manage a shelter, knows how to clean, knows how to run a volunteer program."
Margaret Morton of the Animal Shelter Board responded: "You cannot have this many animals brought in and not have problems. The fact is, I have talked to vets and we do not have any more problems than any other shelters around."
Morton believes the protest is politically motivated, because it's an election year.