Citrus County Animal Services will be temporarily closing the shelter in response to a potential zoonotic health safety situation. Test results have confirmed the presence of highly contagious bacterium typically found in horses, but which also has the potential of affecting dogs, cats and humans. The bacteria known as Streptococcus Zooepidemicus (strep zoo) was confirmed by the lab Wednesday morning (1/16/18).
Strep Zoo is an opportunistic pathogen which has the ability to shed from an infected dog without showing any clinical signs. Infected dogs may eventually develop the following signs: sudden-onset fever, sneezing, rapid, shallow breathing, bloody discharge from the nose or mouth, lethargy (tiredness) and have a reluctance to eat. Some dogs may collapse, which indicates a developing blood infection.
In most cases this occurs within 12-24 hours of the onset of the first symptoms (which may be mistaken for ‘kennel cough’). In a small proportion of cases, the disease has been known to be fatal to dogs within 24 hours of contracting the infection.In an effort to contain this situation, and keep the animals’ health and safety a priority, the shelter will be closing for a minimum of 2 weeks to allow staff to effectively clean, isolate and treat all animals in the shelter.
During this time, all animals will be held under strict quarantine. Therefore, no animal will be admitted into or out of the shelter.A temporary shelter will be established in the next 24-48 hours for the purpose of housing any stray animals brought in by animal control. During this time, animals will not be accepted by the general public, which includes stray and owner surrendered animals.Shelter administration and staff have been, and will continue, working with expert veterinarians from the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program to ensure the most current protocols are being followed to minimize the risk of spreading to other animals in the shelter, to shelter staff and their pets at home.
If you have visited the shelter or reclaimed or adopted an animal from the shelter in the past 2 weeks, it is highly encouraged that you contact your veterinarian immediately.See Also: Happy Tails Animal Shelter
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Out of a jungle of rain-washed pines and junipers spearing the hot blueness on the Florida sky, ran a little, tawny-haired boy. His bare toes, extending from his overalled legs, crackled in opposition to the fallen palmettos. He leaped to the air, flinging his arms toward a flock of white doves circling earlier mentioned him.
The Time To Prepare Is Now! Yes, I know there are blue skies. Yes, I know it’s not hurricane season, yet. Yes, I know that the weather can be fluid and dynamic and can change rapidly dependent upon a number of different environmental and atmospheric conditions and variables. Yes, I know I preach preparedness. However, do you? This coming week is Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Making sure your family and business is prepared well in advance of any potentially severe weather is essential to keeping you safe. I hope that we all take what we learned during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, specifically Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Nate, and Maria, and apply them to better prepare ourselves for any type of severe weather, not just during hurricane season. Having a plan in place is essential for any type of weather or other natural event that Florida may be susceptible.
Florida is known for being the “Sunshine State”. The sun and the heat it emits is a major factor as to why people live and visit our great state. The sun, that fiery star of heat, can bring dangerously hot temperatures to our region. High heat index values limit the body’s ability to cool through sweating. When the index exceeds 105 degrees, conditions become dangerous for both humans and animals.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, cold weather outbreaks occur a few times a year caused by those strong cold fronts moving through out area from the north. These strong moving cold fronts can also bring severe weather to our area. Severe lightning is a product of such weather. With an average of 1.4 million cloud to ground lightning strikes each year, no other state in the country has more lightning than Florida.
Thunder is a product of lightning. The heat lightning produces creates expansion of the air around the lightning bolt, breaking the sound barrier and resulting in the explosive sound we know as thunder. With sound traveling slower than light, thunder is experienced after a flash of lightning. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. We must be prepared for everything that Mother Nature can throw at us.
Rip currents, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, lightning, and flooding may occur at any time over the course of the year. Having a disaster supply kit is essential for your safety and well-being. Over the course of this week on our social media sites, we will be covering these events more in depth and provide you with measures of precautions to keep you, your family, and your businesses safe in the event of severe weather.
Capt. Dave DeCarlo Emergency Management Director