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Shelter suspends intake of stray dogs
Thomas Mayfield Animal Shelter
Thomas Mayfield Animal Shelter operated by the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency.

The Stanislaus Animal Services Agency in Ceres has confirmed the presence of strepotococcus zooepidemicus (strep zoo) a highly infectious bacterial disease. Due to this strep zoo outbreak, severe respiratory disease, and an overcrowded shelter environment, SASA has temporarily suspended accepting stray dogs. To prevent the spread of strep zoo to other dogs, the shelter will not be accepting any healthy stray dogs for up to three weeks.

All dogs already in the shelter will be fully treated and healthy treated dogs will remain available for adoption. Reducing the number of dogs in the shelter helps stop the disease. So now more than ever is a great time to adopt.

Studies show that 92% of stray dogs have a home – SASA is asking the public to help those animals get back to those homes. Allowing the dog to enter the shelter could be dangerous for that dog. For those who wish to turn in a stray dog, SASA is recommending people try and locate the owners by talking to neighbors, hanging neighborhood posters, or posting on Facebook lost and found pet pages, Craigslist, Nextdoor or other lost pet websites.

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