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Hillsborough shelter not accepting dogs due to viruses

Hillsborough shelter not accepting dogs due to viruses

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA)-- Hillsborough County Animal Services officials are temporarily not accepting dogs for the few weeks.

Animal services officials said a new flu virus is affecting dogs at the shelter. While the virus is not contagious to people or cats, veterinarians said the only way to get rid of the virus is to quarantine all of the dogs staying at the shelter.

Over the next two weeks, the shelter will only accept dangerous, sick or injured dogs, or those that have bit someone.

“We expect this situation to last for two weeks or until the veterinarians determine that the virus has left the building,” said Ian Hallett, Animal Services Director.

Animal services is asking if you are trying to turn in your own dog, please reach out to friends, family members, and neighbors even if it is just for a couple weeks. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, other shelters, and some rescues accept owner surrendered dogs, but their space is very limited.

HCAS also said if you have found a lost dog, please try to post signs in your neighborhood and announcements on Craigslist or other community forums (e.g., neighborhood associations, etc.).

And If you have lost your dog, animal services officials said to look for your dog on our website. If you have reason to believe that your dog is in our shelter, they will arrange an escort for you to view the shelter.

Cat operations will remain the same with intake, adoptions, rescues, and returns-to-owner as usual. These viruses are not contagious to cats.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will offer a free vaccination clinic to protect animals from flu type viruses from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Williams Park, 4362 E. Osborne Ave. in Tampa. For more information about the Humane Society visit http://www.humanesocietytampa.org or call 813-876-4150.

For more information about Animal Services programs and services or to donate items to the shelter, call 813-272-5900 or visit http://www.HillsboroughCounty.org/animalservices.



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