Feline Distemper shuts down Griffin Pond Animal Shelter


SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Administrators of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in Lackawanna County say the facility is being closed until further notice because of a problem with a feline distemper-like incident.

Officials say a cat was diagnosed with Feline Panleukopenia, and as a safety precaution the shelter will need to be closed and sanitized before it can re-open for business.

The animals in the shelter, according to shelter, will be moved temporarily to two air-conditioned trailers during the cleaning process.

While there are vaccines to prevent cats from acquiring the virus, they cannot treat or cure an animal once it becomes ill, and must be given before the cat is exposed or becomes infected. It can take up to 28 days for a cat exposed to the virus to show symptoms of being sick.

IN a written statement, Elaine C. Geroulo, the President of the board, said “Our efforts will include a deep cleaning of the shelter to prevent further contamination and to provide that no animals are placed in the community until they are without symptoms or past the incubation period.”

They’re also asking the public to help by donated crates and carriers, bowls, litter and wet and dry cat food.

Check back later for more on this developing story.

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