Contagious Capitol Virus Causes Canine Quarantine
New Jersey Strong news – Trenton, NJ: The City of Trenton reports 2.12.2020.
Due to a strain of canine influenza, (H3N2/H3N8), the City of Trenton Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Services (THLE/AS) Shelter is currently CLOSED to the public. Animal control services will continue to operate, responding to emergency cases only, such as a bite case, or a police raid, or a fire. Otherwise, all canine and feline adoptions are suspended. We cannot respond to needs related to any new strays or lost or abandoned animals requiring shelter. All in-shelter volunteer activities are canceled. In short, we cannot allow any animals to leave the Shelter, nor can we allow any new animals to enter the Shelter until the influenza outbreak has subsided. Due to the contagion period of this suspected virus, we anticipate re-opening on February 28, 2020. Should conditions change, we may be required to extend that date, pursuant to medical orders.
THLE/AS has been working diligently with our veterinary partners to monitor the situation closely. We are happy to report that no dogs recently entering the Shelter have exhibited any signs of illness. No animal has died or is in any grave danger at this time. Nevertheless, as a precaution, the Shelter will not be accepting any owner releases, and strays will be taken in through our rescue and shelter partners in the area.
H3N2/H3N8 is a highly contagious infection that can make your pet very sick. However, most cases respond well with time and supportive care. If your dog shows any of the following symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately and mention the potential presence of canine influenza:
– Significant appetite loss and/or lethargy +/- a rectal temperature above 102.6
– Severe nasal discharge
– Severe, heavy coughing