SPCA Florida opens emergency animal shelter

10:27 AM, Nov 10, 2013   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida -- SPCA Florida has established an emergency shelter to assist with Hillsborough County stray dogs.

This comes after a medical quarantine at Hillsborough County Animal Services due to an outbreak of a respiratory virus. The outbreak means that dogs will not be allowed in or out of the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter(HCAS) for the next couple weeks.

According to Adam Lamb, SPCA Florida's Director of Animal Care and Medical Services, the dogs will be housed in a temporary tent within SPCA Florida's large dog exercise yard at 5850 Brannen Road South in Lakeland. As with other emergency animal shelters there will be separate areas for isolation, intake, and kitchen/food prep as well as the general main stray holding area. 

See also: Flu-like viruses break out in Hillsborough County Animal   Services

HCAS is providing kennels and Lamb said he is limiting the intake to 100 dogs. Lamb said the organization also has lots of Hillsborough rescue groups rallying to help.The dogs will still be processed through HCAS intake and then transferred to SPCA Florida's facility. 

Following standard shelter intake protocol, all animals received will undergo a medical evaluation and consistent monitoring, and steps will be taken to keep all cleaning and care of HCAS animals separate from SPCA Florida's kennels to reduce any risk.

"This is a great opportunity for our organization to demonstrate its mission of building humane communities throughout the state, and working together to elevate the standards of animal welfare," said Lamb. HCAS should be able to receive the animals back within 10 days. 

Those who wish to support SPCA Florida'sefforts can donate online at www.spcaflorida.org

For additional information on please call HCAS at (813) 744-5660 or SPCA Florida at (863) 646-7722.

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