Widespread Sickness Forces Local Animal Shelter To Put Down Over 80 Dogs
The Marion County Animal Shelter says due to the abundance of sickness and disease spreading throughout the shelter, over 80 dogs will be euthanized.
The widespread sickness is thought to caused by the large amount of dogs taken in recently that hadn't received vaccinations.
Animal lover Jamie Fuller came to the Marion County Animal Shelter to put a puppy she had rescued up for adoption.
"The person who had her wasn't really taking care of her, so I wanted to plump her up and give hera good home," said Fuller.
But when she heard the shelter was rampant with diseases such as distemper and parvo, she decided she'd be be better off looking elsewhere.
"I don't think I'm going to bring her back at all," said Fuller. "I don't want them to have to euthanize her. She's a great dog."
But great or not, for dogs exposed to disease, there is no second chance.
"Some of the diseases are lethal," said Marion County Animal Shelter Spokesperson Christy Jergens. "Some would require extensive treatment, and some are contagious. Because of that, we would have to have areas that we could quarantine them exclusively."
Jergens says that would leave little room for animals being brought off the street.
"If we kept one animal, and we were trying to treat it and but instead infected 50 more animals, then that wouldn't be the right thing," said Jergens. "It's always a very sad thing to have to euthanize an animal. However, it is necessary in this circumstance because there are so many animals that are becoming sick."
And so animal lovers like Fuller are having to come up with better ways to find better homes.
"I don't want to take the risk of them putting her down," said Fuller. "She's too good, way too good of a dog.
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