Ohio shelter moves dogs to quarantine areas after outbreak

Posted at 7:39 AM, Sep 13, 2016

A central Ohio animal shelter says it's transporting some dogs that were exposed to a deadly disease to off-site quarantine areas.

The move comes after the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus euthanized 52 dogs this weekend after they showed severe signs of distemper or were deemed not suitable for a prolonged quarantine.

Distemper is a contagious and often fatal airborne canine virus.

The Columbus Dispatch reports at least 19 dogs exposed to distemper have been moved from the shelter to a medically supervised quarantine area.

Shelter director Don Winstel says shelter officials are working with rescue groups to move more dogs, though they must be assured any outbreak could be contained.

The Columbus Dispatch reports new dogs coming into the shelter could be adopted out later this week.