The discovery of an additional dog with upper respiratory illness has extended a 14-day quarantine of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Animal Control Shelter.
The facility was placed on minimal 14-day quarantine today after an inspection May 7 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The inspection was requested by the Animal Control staff.
The quarantine would have ended today had another case not been discovered. Animal Control officers have isolated the animal and continue to treat the center to prevent additional outbreaks. An inspector for the Department of Agriculture is scheduled to revisit the shelter on Friday.
The upper respiratory issues first were noticed by Animal Control officers in the outside kennels two weeks ago.. The illness is common in shelters and animal facilities but the intake and adoption of animals must be halted during the quarantine period.
Shelter staff also will sanitize the facility during the quarantine period before reopening to the public for normal operations.
During this period, the public will have no access to the center and the intake of animals will be limited. Animal Control officers will be able to respond to emergency-based calls, but animals are being adopted from the facility after adopters are advised of the illness.
UPDATE: Animal control will reopen to the public on TUESDAY