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Animal shelter quarantines animals due to distemper concerns

Staff file photo from the Levelland Animal Shelter

The Levelland Animal Shelter has announced it will be quarantining animals at the shelter and closing temporarily as it addresses concerns regarding canine distemper.

Capt. Tammie McDonald with the Levelland Police Department, who also serves as supervisor over the animal shelter and services, said the closing was the result of an animal at the shelter testing positive for distemper.

McDonald said distemper is a highly contagious disease that can be spread between dogs and other animals, including ferrets, skunks, and racoons.

After meeting with the Animal Shelter Advisory Board Thursday evening, McDonald said the city has decided to move forward with quarantining the animals for at least two weeks.

She said the shelter will only take in aggressive dogs and bite dogs over the next two weeks, on a case by case basis, but will not be accepting surrendered animals at this time.

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