Longview shelter euthanizes 154 dogs
POSTED: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 11:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 7:36pm
TYLER, TX (KETK) - — It's one of the hardest, but necessary aspects of running an animal shelter.
And starting Saturday, the staff at the Humane Society of Northeast Texas had to put down 154 dogs who showed signs of distemper which is an incurable, airborne disease that only affects dogs.
Distemper attacks the animal's respiratory and central nervous system, causing seizures.
And it can be a long painful death.
The humane society tells KETK the initial distemper case did not start in their facilities, but a dog who was brought in had already contracted distemper .
And some who have worked with the shelter understand the tough decision the humane society had to make.
Officials tell KETK that resorting to euthanizing dogs with distemper is standard operating procedure.