The Casper Star Tribune.net reported that although 42 dogs suffering from Canine Influenza had already been euthanized at the Cheyenne (Wyoming) Animal Shelter, the new director has relented and is treating five remaining dogs with the flu rather than having them meet the same fate. There are 18 dogs still at the shelter.
Shelter spares sick dogs
Saturday, May 13, 2006
CHEYENNE (AP) — The Cheyenne Animal Shelter, which euthanized 42 dogs last week because of an outbreak of canine influenza, has decided to treat five other sick dogs rather than put them down.
Meantime, residents concerned about the shelter’s decision to euthanize dogs offered a list of suggestions on how the shelter can improve its operations and better handle contagious diseases in the future.
Alan Cohen, director of the shelter, said 18 dogs remain at the shelter and the five that are sick with canine influenza are responding to treatment.
“All these strays are slowly getting better,” Cohen said.
The shelter euthanized dogs last week after some local veterinarians and the state veterinarian’s office recommended the move to control the spread of the disease. But the action drew criticism from some veterinary experts, humane organizations and local citizens.
In a short statement issued Thursday, Cohen thanked those who have supported the shelter and asked those who have not to stay involved.
“We need help, we need advice, and we need criticism,” he said.
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The remaining 18 dogs at the shelter will be adopted out rather than euthanized.
A big paws up to all of you who worked to save these dogs. From the rest of the article it appears that the new director is ready to work with the local rescuers and dog lovers to find ways to improve the situation. Best of luck to all of you!!!