CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia agriculture officials are urging pet owners to make sure vaccinations are up-to-date for all of their animals.
The advice follows news that the Kanawha County animal shelter will close its doors for three weeks to decontaminate the premises.
Officials say canine and feline distemper were discovered in the shelter. While the diseases don't affect humans, it can be fatal to pets.
Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass says that the diseases are preventable with a vaccination.
State law requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies every three years. Vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus are recommended.