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UPDATE: Humane Society of Northeast Texas set to re-open

UPDATE - The following is a statement from the Humane Society of Northeast Texas:

The Humane Society of Northeast Texas has received the test results. The puppy did not have distemper and is believed to have died from an Upper Respiratory Infection.

It left the shelter on September 30th and we were already well beyond the incubation time if it would have been distemper.

The puppy room, where the animal was housed, has been deep cleaned for the last three days after all remaining puppies were moved to an isolation area. None of the animals show any signs of illness. The shelter will reopen tomorrow, Saturday the 15th at 10 am. Again, we closed as a precaution and to do the necessary decontamination. As it turns out, it was NOT a case of distemper or any other contagious disease.

The puppy did not have distemper and is believed to have died from an Upper Respiratory Infection.


UPDATE: Officials with the Humane Society of Northeast Texas in Longview tell KLTV 7 that test results on the puppy that died could be back as soon as Friday. If those results are negative, the shelter could re-open immediately.


 

Released by the Humane Society of Northeast Texas.

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Yesterday we had to close the shelter to the public until further notice. A small puppy which had been adopted the previous week, passed away. The animal has been sent to Austin for testing. We should have the test results on Friday. We decided to close the shelter to protect all other animals and the public. The City of Longview has set up an overflow shelter for us at Maude Cobb in the animal area, which opened yesterday afternoon. It is staffed around the clock by shelter personnel. All intakes are being processed there and the animals remain there until further notice.

With an animal this young it is very difficult to determine the cause of death. It could be simply because the puppy was too young when it came to us without it's mother or it could be an Upper respiratory infection. The worse case would be that it is distemper. Too rule this diagnosis out, we opted for the expensive testing in Austin.

None of the animals currently in the shelter show any signs of illness. Also, cats are not affected by this. Dog owners who believe that their animal may be at the shelter, are asked to come and bring pictures and proof of vaccinations. We will return the animals to them. Anyone needing to surrender an animal, needs to go to Maude Cobb and we will process the animal there.

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