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OAC responds to possible distemper exposure

November 30, 2018 GMT

Odessa Animal Control was notified of an exposure to distemper Wednesday.

Canine distemper is a contagious viral disease for which there’s no treatment, an Odessa Police Department news release stated.

Proactive measures were taken to prevent the spread of the disease. Owners who were reclaiming pets were notified and advised to follow up with their veterinarian, the release stated.

Several dogs had to be euthanized due to exhibiting signs of the illness and weren’t eligible for release, the release stated. There were 53 dogs relocated while the building was sanitized.

Intakes should resume at 10 a.m. Friday. OPD stated in the release they would like to thank Speaking up for those who Can’t, Barkabull, Big Bones, Key to Happiness, the Odessa Humane Society, Addicus and Cherished Pets for their helping during this situation.