Distemper outbreak at SPCA.
Rustenburg – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Rustenburg was placed under quarantine on Friday 21 February after three dogs were diagnosed with distemper.
Canine distemper is a highly contagious virus that affects a dogs’ respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye.
After stating their plea for help, the community jumped to Rustenburg SPCA’s aid, including: Geelhout SPAR, Sanitech, Wetchem, RIA Cleaning, Civils Construction, Intermine Agencies and Grenville High School.
Additional incidents were later recorded and according to vice chairperson of the Rustenburg SPCA Martin Coetzee, the quarantine will be lifted on 21 March if no further cases arise.
All dog adoptions have been suspended until the quarantine has been lifted and no visitors will be allowed to enter the kennels. Stray dogs will be attended to where possible. Cat adoptions and the inspectorate will however continue as usual.
In an interview with Platinum Weekly Martin said: “I would like to thank the community for their assistance. Thank you to all the companies that contributed and all the volunteers that donated their time. We are trying our best to contain the virus and all the assistance we received was of great help.”
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