Gwinnett animal shelter quarantines animals due to illness

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has issued a seven-day quarantine of animals due to illness. Dogs are being treated for Strep Zoo, a bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system. Strep Zoo does not affect cats; however, due to the shelter closure, cat adoptions will also be halted for the next seven days.

Four dogs have died as a result of Strep Zoo since Oct. 4, and another was euthanized after showing signs of the illness and rapidly declining health. Two dogs have tested positive for the illness and the results of two additional dogs are pending.

Shelter staff is administering antibiotics to all dogs in the facility. In addition, staff will be conducting a deep cleaning of the areas where the dogs are housed. All adoptions and special events at the shelter have been postponed until further notice.

Animal shelter staff will open a backup kennel for animals impounded during the closure. The backup kennel will be closed to the public; however, impounded animal photos will continue to be posted on the animal shelter website: Lost pets or owner reclaims will be scheduled by appointment only.

Additional updates will be provided after the initial seven-day period.

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