Sick dogs close Hancock Co. shelter

KILN, Miss. (AP) — The Hancock County Animal Shelter is going to be closed for the near future until officials can figure out what made 39 dogs at the shelter sick.

Director Toni Accardo tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1exfepJ ) the shelter actually closed Tuesday after all but two dogs began showing symptoms of what she believes is "dog flu," or canine influenza.

Accardo said dogs were running temperatures of 104.5 to 105.6 -- up from an average of 101.5 or 102.5 -- in addition to green discharge from the nose, coughing, sneezing, vomiting and diarrhea.

While they're waiting for test results to return, Accardo said they're sterilizing the shelter with bleach and attempting to treat the dogs with antibiotics.

The shelter is tentatively scheduled to re-open Feb. 18, pending the lab results.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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