Upper respiratory outbreak closes St. Frances Animal Center

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An outbreak of an infectious upper respiratory disease has forced officials at the St. Frances Animal Center to temporarily cease public operations.

Nancy Campos, executive director of St. Frances, said Thursday the closure will affect outside adoptions, animal intake and surgery. Officials said the hot summer months continue to pose risks to the center as the number of stray, unvaccinated animals increases.

Campos said shelter employees are working to isolate infected animals and disinfect animal holding areas. Medical attention will be provided to those animals that are in need of care.

The shelter will not reopen until all animals are healthy and safe.

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