Greenville County Animal Care Services will be closed to the public Saturday, as stated on their Facebook page. The shelter issued the following information concerning their task of disinfecting the facility to safeguard the health of their pets, and the pets those adopted out may come into contact with.
"Greenville County continues to examine the canine influenza situation. As released earlier on Friday, there is still only one confirmed case of canine influenza. However, Greenville County Animal Care continues to take all possible proactive, cautionary measures designed to ensure the best achievable results for the dogs in our care and in the community.
With that in mind, Greenville County Animal Care will be closed to the public on Saturday, August 24th, but County staff will be working. This closure will allow Animal Care staff to focus on the procedures necessary to address the situation. Also, shelter medical specialist Dr. Gerryll Hall from Atlanta will be on site using her vast experience with similar incidences to assist Greenville County in evaluating the situation and make recommendations. Dr. Hall will be able to add her expertise to the current treatment plan and cleaning strategy."
Hundreds of dogs went out of the shelter today to foster, rescue and adoption. There were very few left, and the volunteers and staff members even took some dogs home to foster. Potter's Angels, a rescue group, is reported to have taken any dog not out by the deadline, but this hasn't been confirmed for this update.
Greenville County Animal Care Services would like to thank the community for stepping up to get the dogs out of the shelter before the 7 p.m. deadline. No information is available at this time as to whether any dogs lost their lives.
As is standard procedure Greenville County Animal Care will be closed to the public on Sunday. However, staff will continue to work and evaluate information throughout the day. Updates can be found on their Facebook page.