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Virus forces Longview shelter to halt pet adoptions

Virus forces Longview shelter to halt pet adoptions
LES HASSELL
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 9:29am

The Humane Society of Northeast Texas plans to euthanize eight dogs that were exposed to an airborne virus so the shelter can reopen for adoptions, Executive Director Scott Holloway said.

The humane society suspended adoptions at the shelter Tuesday due to an upper respiratory virus that was working its way through the dogs there.

“We in the area of Gregg County are experiencing an upper respiratory virus among the canine population which, at sudden onset, will show nasal signs, including ocular discharge, nasal discharge, sneezing and often coughing. The virus can rapidly progress into a high fever, and even death, shortly after the first signs are present,” Holloway wrote in a news release sent out midday Tuesday. 

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