Greenville County Animal Care Services will remained closed to the public until September 3, WSPA reported August 25. The shelter will reopen September 3 for the intake of cats and dogs, cat adoptions and dog pre-adoptions. Dog adoptions for those in quarantine will resume September 10.
The facility will remain closed as a precautionary measure after one dog died of canine influenza. The story broke last week amid rumors that all dogs who remained Friday night at 7p.m. were past their five day hold would be euthanized, with no exceptions.
WYFF later reported no dogs would be put down because of the influenza outbreak. From what I've learned, that's the truth. Dogs were in danger of being put to sleep, not because of the influenza outbreak, but because they had been there past their time limit.
Potter's Angels Rescue stepped in at the last minute and rescued any dogs who remained and didn't test positive for heartworms. Hundreds of dogs left the shelter, with many staff and volunteers taking dogs home with them to foster.
Greenville County Animal Care was closed August 24 to clean, and for the staff to focus on what needed to be done to keep both the dogs and the public safe from this outbreak.
Greenville County Spokesperson Bob Mihalic said Friday
“It’s business as usual at Greenville County Animal Care."
Mihalic said it was normal for shelters to post a deadline for euthanasia, but said the rumor was unfounded saying any remaining dogs would be killed after the 7 p.m. deadline.
On Sunday, Mihalic released a statement saying Animal Care will begin adopting out quarantined dogs on September 10. Cat adoptions will resume September 3. Mihalic said the decision for the closure and quarantine was based on expert recommendations.
Most likely, these recommendations came from shelter medical specialist Dr. Gerryll Hall from Atlanta, who was on-site using her vast experience over the weekend, and has been faced with similar incidences. Her assistance in Greenville County is to evaluate the situation and make recommendations. Dr. Hall was called upon to add her expertise to the current treatment plan and cleaning strategy."
Canine influenza is contracted from dog to dog, but is highly treatable. It only proves fatal in under 10% of cases. The staff have been taking extra precautions and following proper cleaning protocol.
I've personally done rescue and foster for more than 50 animals from this shelter over the past three years. The staff has always been nice and helpful, and appear to have a real love for the animals they care for.
I've taken many many cats home who were sick, but that's typical in shelters who must deal with the intake volume GCACS has.
There have been numerous rumors since news of the outbreak went public. This has to be more than "business as usual" at the shelter, or the shelter wouldn't be closed for the next week.
The community has displayed an outpouring of support for the shelter this summer, beginning with the puppy mill raids in June. Those who support the shelter only want to be told the truth. Shelters do make mistakes. Especially ones who have intake from two counties like Greenville has.
Not only do Greenville animals come here, Spartanburg County Animal Control also brings in stray animals from their county.This amounts to more than 20,000 animals coming through their door, looking for a new home.
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