MAS expected to reopen shelter to public with new policies - WDRB 41 Louisville News

MAS expected to reopen shelter to public with new policies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)

In Mid-September, Metro Animal Services temporarily closed it's Manslick shelter to new animals.

At the time, MAS Director Justin Scally told WDRB that, since June, they had dealt with an estimated number of 10 cases of distemper and more than 20 cases of upper respiratory illnesses.

To prevent the diseases from spreading, they set up a temporary intake facility next to their Animal House Adoption Center.

"The intent was to separate the new intake from the current population that's at the Manslick location," says Justin Scally.

Justin Scally now tells WDRB there are currently about thirty animals at the temporary shelter.

He says it has given them the opportunity to test the animals at the Manslick Road location. Officials tell us there have been no additional cases of distemper or upper respiratory illnesses since they temporarily shut down the shelter.

"What we've been doing is taking the low-risk animals, spaying and neutering them, and then transferring them to our Animal House location for adoption. At this point we still have the additional intake facility that's operating. We'll likely be closing that facility in the coming days and transferring operations back to the Manslick Facility," says Justin Scally.

Scally says it's their protocol to vaccinate all animals on intake, but now, they're adding additional policies to help determine which dogs coming into the shelter are already sick.

They're hoping it will help end the outbreaks they've seen in the past.

"When the animals are brought into the facility, they will have an intake exam. If that animal's exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness or something of that nature, then we have a temporary isolation area that we've set up at the Manslick facility. The intent there is to try to isolate those animals from the general population. That's something that based on the structure of the Manslick Facility is something they've never really had," says Justin Scally.

Officials with Metro Animal Services say they are offering reduced cost incentives for the dogs that they have spayed and neutered and taken to the Animal House Adoption Center.

With a $25 donation, you can adopt a pet for just $9 dollars.

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