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Posted on: February 27, 2020

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Important Announcement

Update: Results came in for the K-9 Influenza test and it was a negative for the flu but positive for mycoplasma. The shelter veterinarian has conducted another test for the flu to confirm with certainty that we do not have the flu in the shelter. She recommended we keep the shelter closed to the public until we get the second result on or before March 6, 2020. Thank you for your patience we will continue to keep the public update.

Due to a strain of canine influenza, (H3N2/H3N8), the City of Trenton Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Services (THLE/AS) Shelter is currently CLOSED to the public. Animal control services will continue to operate, responding to emergency cases only, such as a bite case, or a police raid, or a fire.  Otherwise, all canine and feline adoptions are suspended.  We cannot respond to needs related to any new strays or lost or abandoned animals requiring shelter. All in-shelter volunteer activities are cancelled. In short, we cannot allow any animals to leave the Shelter, nor can we allow any new animals to enter the Shelter, until the influenza outbreak has subsided.  Due to the contagion period of this suspected virus, we anticipate re-opening on February 28, 2020. Should conditions change, we may be required to extend that date, pursuant to medical orders.

THLE/AS has been working diligently to with our veterinary partners to monitor the situation closely.  We are happy to report that no dogs recently entering the Shelter have exhibited any signs of illness. No animal has died, or is in any grave danger at this time. Nevertheless, as a precaution, the Shelter will not be accepting any owner releases, and strays will be taken in through our rescue and shelter partners in the area.

H3N2/H3N8 is a highly contagious infection that can make your pet very sick. However, most cases respond well with time and supportive care. If your dog shows any of the following symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately and mention the potential presence of canine influenza:

– Significant appetite loss and/or lethargy +/- a rectal temperature above 102.6
– Severe nasal discharge
– Severe, heavy coughing

Thank you for your patience during this time and especially for your support!  We will continue to keep the public updated as needed.

Shakira Abdul-Ali, MSOD, Director

Yvette Graffie-Cooper, Health Office

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