St. Frances to reopen in wake of distemper outbreak

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Following a brief distemper outbreak, officials at the St. Frances Animal Center in Georgetown have announced the facility is ready to be reopened to the public.

Nancy Campos, executive director of St. Frances, said the shelter is back in compliance with directions from consulting specialists that aid the facility. The center has been deemed "healthy" and is ready to re-open for adoptions.

The shelter temporarily closed in July following a distemper outbreak at the facility. Diagnostic tests revealed the canine distemper virus to be present in a small number of animals at the shelter.

Dr. Todd Brown, a veterinarian at the facility, said the virus did not originate at the shelter, but rather was introduced by stray, unvaccinated pets brought to St. Frances from rural Georgetown County.

St. Frances will reopen on Friday at 11 a.m.

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