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Ohio shelter euthanizes 8 more dogs after outbreak, 60 total

Posted: 6:33 AM, Sep 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-14 06:33:48-04

A central Ohio animal shelter says eight more dogs have been put down following a deadly disease outbreak over the weekend bringing the total number of euthanized dogs to 60.

The Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus had put down 52 dogs that showed severe signs of distemper or were deemed unfit for a prolonged quarantine. They announced on Tuesday more animals had been put down.

Distemper is a contagious and often fatal airborne canine virus.

At least 19 dogs exposed to distemper have been moved to a medically supervised quarantine area.

Shelter officials say they're working with rescue groups to move more dogs, though they must be assured any outbreak could be contained.