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Distemper outbreak update: Quarantine lifted at Maricopa County's east shelter

Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 17:59:58-04

MESA, AZ — Officials announced Tuesday a nearly monthlong quarantine at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's east shelter has been lifted.

The shelter was closed to the public while the county dealt with an outbreak of distemper which led to the at least 55 dogs being euthanized.

The shelter's three wings are open for adoptions, though a shelter spokesperson said it would not be accepting any stray or lost animals, or dog-to-dog meetings, at the facility near the Loop 101 and Rio Salado Parkway until July 5.

Last week the shelter was able to adopt out nearly a dozen dogs which had tested positive for the virus but weren't showing severe symptoms.

This week is typically one of the busiest times of the year for shelters and animal rescue organizations as fireworks and other celebrations for the Fourth of July cause pets to panic and run away.

For ways to try and keep your pets safe during this stressful time for them, click here.