“After consulting with our on-site veterinarians, we determined that closing the facility was the only option available,” said Shana Luke, Cobb’s animal services division director. “We will embark on a thorough cleaning process of the entire facility, and put all the animals in the shelter on an antibiotic regimen.”
Luke called the incident unfortunate and said she regrets having to close, but said the health and welfare of the animals is the shelter’s top priority.
Cavitt said the Atlanta Humane Society donated 80 crates to house the animals while the shelter is cleaned at the end of next week.
Animal Services officers are still responding to calls, he said, but aren’t taking in any new pets. Employees are also trying to reach about 80 people who recently adopted animals from the shelter to explain what’s going on. So far, there have been no reports of newly adopted animals getting sick.