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1,000 Cats and Dogs are put down due to outbreak at shelter

CNN.com is reporting 1,000 dogs and cats were killed at an animal shelter in Las Vegas. The deaths of all the cats and dogs were due to contagious diseases. Officials admitted they kept the animals around too long resulting in such a huge number of animals put sleep. "Visiting inspectors from The Humane Society of the United States discovered the outbreak of the diseases -- distemper and Parvovirus in dogs and panleukopenia in cats -- Lied Animal Shelter spokesman Mark Fierro said."

The StarTribune is reporting the euthanizations are the largest in the history of the city. This prompted the shelter to change its care tactics. Lied officials have said they did not realize any of the animals were infected until the Humane Society noticed animals with certain problems, mostly respiratory and intestinal.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/16/shelter.outbreak.ap/index.html

http://www.startribune.com/484/story/1006671.html