ALL BUT TWO DOGS AT GANDER SPCA TO BE EUTHANIZED
Dogs show signs of distemper virus
The Gander and Area SPCA has “come to the heartbreaking conclusion” to euthanize all but two of the dogs and puppies at its shelter due to a distemper outbreak.
The announcement was made on the shelter’s Facebook page the afternoon of Sept. 25.
“After consulting with the provincial vet and our own local veterinary team, with careful consideration of the huge ramifications of distemper spreading not only among unvaccinated dogs but also to wildlife such as foxes, coyotes, bears, weasels and mink, we have come to the heartbreaking conclusion that euthanizing the puppies and dogs at our shelter who have shown signs of distemper is the only responsible way to contain this virus,” states the announcement on the Facebook page.
Distemper is a contagious, viral illness with no known cure.
In affected dogs, it causes digestive, nervous and respiratory system problems, and only half of affected dogs will survive. Those that do survive are usually left with permanent damage to their nervous system.
Two adult dogs in the Gander SPCA’s care will not be euthanized, as they are not showing signs of distemper. They will remain quarantined “for the foreseeable future.”
The Gander SPCA’s dog area was under quarantine since a puppy brought into its care became ill and was euthanized.
That puppy’s autopsy came back positive for canine distemper virus.
“We have clung to hope these past couple of weeks, trying our absolute best to keep the virus from spreading from the puppies to our adult dogs, but they too started showing symptoms of distemper.”
The Facebook post said vaccinating pets is important to prevent the spread of viruses, and anyone with questions about the safety of their pet should contact their local veterinary clinic.
The post also addressed a need for a new shelter with isolation rooms.
A husky mix pup awaits adoption at the Gander SPCA in 2017.