Springdale Animal Services has two confirmed cases of canine distemper, which has prompted the shelter to close for the week as a precautionary measure.
The initial dog was picked up via animal services on March 15, 2019.
The animal, as protocol states, was given vaccinations upon arrival at the shelter. The incubation period can take anywhere from 1-5 weeks after exposure to the development of the initial clinical signs.
Springdale Animal Services is contacting residents who may have adopted a dog during the time the animal was in the shelter. Canine distemper is spread through contact but cannot live on surfaces very long.
The shelter has taken an aggressive sanitation procedure to make sure the shelter is safe.
Distemper is a preventable disease with no known cure. Animal Services would encourage residents to be proactive and vaccinate their pets.
If you have questions, please call Springdale Animal Shelter at 479-750-8166.