Baltimore County Animal Services shut down shelter following outbreak of distemper virus – CBS Baltimore


BALDWIN, Maryland (WJZ) – Baltimore County Animal Services recently seized 48 dogs from a White Hall home after receiving an animal welfare complaint, according to a county statement on Tuesday.

Dogs, of various ages, did not have access to air conditioning and some did not have water, the statement said. Others showed signs of heat distress and a lack of veterinary care.

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The dogs were taken to the main BCAS facility, where at least one of the puppies was confirmed to carry the distemper virus. All dogs are now being tested, the statement said.

Distemper is a highly contagious virus that is fatal in unvaccinated dogs and puppies. The virus is excreted by body fluids but mainly by coughing and inhaling particles and has an incubation period of three to 21 days and an excretion period of up to three months.

All the dogs on the site are in quarantine and in isolation as a result. Owners will not be able to abandon their pets or have them spayed or neutered. The Trap, Neuter, Release program has been suspended and rabies vaccination clinics will be suspended on Friday. The reception and reimbursement of stray dogs has been moved to the BCAS facilities in Dundalk, 7200 Dunmanway. Call 410-887-7297 to schedule pickup.

Stray cats are always accepted at the Baldwin facility.

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“We recognize the highly contagious nature and the long incubation and shedding period of the distemper virus and are ready to make any necessary accommodations to ensure the welfare of the animals in our care,” said the Dr Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County health official and director of health and human services, said in the statement. “Some of the precautions we have in place may be inconvenient for our residents, but they are in the best interests of the people and animals we serve. “