Animal Shelter in Wisconsin To Resume Dog Adoptions After Distemper Scare

A friendly Labrador. The Wisconsin Humane Society will resume dog adoptions on Friday, after test results confirmed that an initial group of dogs is at low risk of contracting the distemper virus.

An animal shelter will resume dog adoptions on Friday, after test results confirmed that an initial group of dogs is at low risk of contracting the distemper virus.

The Wisconsin Humane Society had suspended adoptions temporarily following the discovery of a puppy with a potentially deadly virus, reports AP.

On Wednesday, executive director Anne Reed said veterinarians would be doing extensive testing after there were a few additional suspicious cases of canine distemper.

The often-fatal viral illness affects dogs of any age, but unvaccinated puppies are most susceptible. The adoption of cats and small animals is not affected.

The Humane Society is waiting for more test results on other dogs and puppies, and expects more animals to be cleared for adoption in the next few days, AP reports.

The dogs will become available at 10 a.m. Friday at the Humane Society's Milwaukee and Ozaukee locations.

"We are confident that this group of healthy dogs are not carrying the Canine Distemper Virus," said Reed, reports AP.

The samples tested came from healthy, previously vaccinated dogs and puppies. They demonstrated a high level of antibodies, which defend against distemper infection.

In a bid to entice would-be dog adoptees, Reed added, "In fact, we are offering 25 percent off all adoptions to help them go home faster,” AP reports.

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