Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare quarantine after death of two dogs

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –

Animal Welfare will remain closed. 

After Wednesday’s meeting with the state inspector and the county’s veterinarian, the facility remains under quarantine until lab results are released.

Macon-Bibb Officials said animals are being tested for Distemper and Kennel Cough. Both diseases are very contagious.

Macon-Bibb is working with animal rescues to help take in stray animals until the facility reopens. They said it could be anywhere from four days to four weeks.

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The Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare is under quarantine after the death of two dogs. The shelter is closed and no animals will be brought in.

The dogs are believed to have died from distemper illness.

Canine Distemper is a contagious and often fatal disease that effects the gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems.

Other dogs are showing similar symptoms including runny nose, upper respiratory infection and fever.

Tests from the two dead dogs have been sent to the state lab.

An inspector is scheduled to visit the facility on Wednesday, October 8.

All animals in the shelter will be vaccinated.