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ETX animal shelter reopens after distemper outbreak

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

After closing its doors for almost two weeks because of a Distemper outbreak, the Humane Society of Northeast Texas in Longview has opened its doors again.

Christine Kerr with the Humane Society of Northeast Texas in Longview said they disinfected the place and the animals are already coming in by the dozens.

"We did deep cleaning and then some with power wash equipment with different kinds of disinfectant. We washed everything, every trash can, every chair, every wall, every piece of ceiling, every floor board, every bathroom, every kitchen, everything. We cleaned it," said Kerr.

Kerr said since the place reopened this morning, dozens of animals have already been dropped off.

"It fills up fast we had the emergency intake shelter and a lot of people before Christmas decided they didn't want their animals anymore so there are a lot of surrenders," said Kerr.

Kerr said despite the distemper outbreak they had its still safe to foster, or adopt animals from the rescue shelter.

"Is it safe to rescue and adopt from a rescue shelter? I believe it is I cannot tell you that the animals come in here vaccinated because they're not coming in here vaccinated, we can give them vaccinations when they come in, but what they already carry not stop, prevent or heal," said Kerr.

"Yes we're sympathetic to the challenges of the humane society rather than just complain and not do anything we decided to donate to the shelter today to help with their problems," said Charles Florio, donating to the rescue shelter.

The Humane Society of Northeast Texas in Longview will be having a meeting with their advisory board on January 16th.

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