Disease Leads to Killing of
Shelter Cats

Officials in Albuquerque, N.M., halt all cat adoptions after outbreak of panleukopenia.

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An animal shelter in Albuquerque, N.M., was forced to euthanize 28 of 78 cats after an outbreak of panleukopenia, which shelter officials feared would spread to every cat in the facility.

According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal, the first case of the feline disease was discovered about two weeks ago.

When we got to six cases, I said, We need to take some steps to stop this, Kay Duffin, a veterinarian at the shelter, told the local newspaper. Euthanasia was the final effort taken to contain the outbreak.

Officials report no new cases, but are watching the animals closely. Meanwhile, the East Side shelter stopped all cat adoptions until officials were convinced they'd stopped the disease.

There are no medications to combat the disease, according to Duffin. Vaccines are the best protection, and all cats that come into the shelter are vaccinated; it takes two weeks for the innoculation to take effect.

Cats are still available for adoption at the citys West Side shelter, where the disease has not been found, the newspaper reported.

Posted: March 7, 2006, 3 p.m. EST

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dina    los angeles, CA

2/26/2010 2:12:54 PM

Hi there, I've a + - 5 year old cat whom I adopted when she was about 6 months old from the pound, I soon found out that she had the "pound disease" which manifest itself in sneezing and water leaking from her eyes and nose, the doctor recomend 500 l-lysine, she is doing reasonable well, she seems lonely, although "I'm home most of the time with her" she is an indoor cat cause of the wild life outside, I'm considering of getting her another cat companion, but am worried about the sickness, would I then wind up with two sick cats? am betwixt and between. thank you dina

whisper    bristow, VA

12/17/2008 6:21:16 PM

so sad.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

8/20/2007 5:24:37 AM

I have a shelter cat, Joey, that I adopted when he was around 6 or 7 months old. He brought home a sickness he had, the herpes virus (which I did not know at the time) and my three other cats all got sick. He had all his shots, but this virus is brought out with stress. I would adopt from a shelter again, however, I think I would keep that cat/kitten away from any other cats I may have at least a couple of weeks until I was sure adopted cat was healthy.

Cyndi    Reno, NV

4/18/2007 6:39:40 PM

God rest their souls. I hate hearing stories like this. Hope they are more careful next time. I wish in this day and age they would discover some kind of cure so this never has to happen again.

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