Strep Zoo Temporarily Closes Humane Society


WORKING OVERTIME THIS MORNING DEEP CLEANING THEIR FACILITY… AND CREATING A TEMPORARY ONE. CHRIS: THE MAIN BUILDING IS NOW UNDER QUARANTINE BECAUSE OF AN INFECTION THAT HAS ALREADY KILLED TWO DOGS. LEX 18’S TIFFANY JACKSON HAS MORE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY. TIFFANY: “THE HUMANE SOCIETY SHARES THIS MAIN LOCATION OFF OLD FRANKFORT PIKE WITH ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL. WHILE THIS FACILITY IS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS, THE HUMANE SOCIETY IS OPENING UP A TEMPORARY ANIMAL SHELTER AT MASTERSON STATION PARK FOR STAY ANIMALS WHO NEED A HOME DURING THAT TIME.” THE BACTERIAL INFECTION FOUND IN THOSE TWO LEXINGTON DOGS IS CALLED STREPTOCOCCUS ZOOEPIDEMICUS … OR STREP ZOO … AND IT’S KNOWN TO AFFECT ANIMALS’ RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS. EXPERTS AREN’T SURE HOW THE DOGS CAUGHT IT… BUT THEY SAY AT THIS POINT ALL ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE INFECTION FROM SPREADING. “THIS IS AN UNCONTROLLABLE. WHAT WAS CONTROLLABLE WAS OUR RESPONSE TO IT AND OUR REACTION TO IT, WHICH WAS SWIFT AND MIGHTY AND I FEEL CONFIDENT WILL BE VERY EFFECTIVE.” TIFFANY: “YESTERDAY THE HUMANE SOCIETY SAID THEY HAVE STAFF MEMBERS REACHING OUT TO ANYONE WHO ADOPTED AN ANIMAL IN THE LAST SEVEN DAYS TO OFFER ANTIBIOTICS FOR THAT NEW PET. COVERING THE NEWS IN LEXINGTON… BTY.” THE BELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

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