NASSAU COUNTY, FL – The Nassau Humane Society announced Monday that it is temporarily closing its cattery to prevent the spread of panleukopenia, a contagious feline disease.
It is very contagious and most seriously affects kittens.
âWith great care and precaution, we have decided to close our cattery for a month,â said Debbie Chissell, general manager, in a prepared statement. “This will allow us to treat and care for the cats that currently reside with us and will benefit any future cats that come through our doors.”
Humane Society veterinarian Dr Mandy Kulbel said the shelter recently received two litters of young kittens that tested positive for panleukopenia virus at its host facility.
“Once we realized the cause, unfortunately due to the highly contagious nature and high morbidity associated with this virus, the few remaining kittens were euthanized,” she said in a statement. “They were all very sick and it was the best course of action for their comfort.”
All the cats in the shelter have been tested and are isolated. The shelter remains open to dog adoptions.
The Nassau Humane Society will not accept abandoned cats until the cattery reopens. He recommends calling Nassau County Animal Services at 904-530-6150.
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