'Highly contagious illness' spreads among cats at Concord animal shelter

'Highly contagious illness' spreads among cats at Concord animal shelter

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - A disease outbreak at a animal shelter in Concord has halted cat adoptions and the surrendering of cats for some time.

According to a spokesperson with the Cabarrus County Government, the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter on Carpenter Place SW in Concord has an outbreak of panleukopenia among their cat population.

The spokesperson says the animal shelter will not offer cat adoptions or take in any surrendered or stray cats through Friday.

Staff at the animal shelter discovered cats showing symptoms of the "highly contagious illness" Tuesday, the spokesperson said. Employees contacted the staff veterinarian and officials with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to begin procedures to "contain the outbreak and sanitize the facility," according to the county spokesperson.

The county released this statement Wednesday:

"Panleukopenia symptoms can go undetected for up to two weeks. The shelter did not place cats with any families in the last two weeks. Shelter staff is currently working to contact rescue organizations in custody of cats that may have been exposed to the illness."

The animal shelter is expected to operate during their normal hours for other services, the county said.

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