Dogs Feared To Have Distemper Turn Out Healthy

by Katie Donovan on April 30, 2015 at 8:09 am

We have an update to bring you in the story of the dogs who were quarantined after officials feared they may have distemper.

What were once 28 pooches feared to be sick with a typically fatal disease, are now heading back to the pound. We spoke to Muskingum County Dog Pound volunteer, Doug McQuaid, who told us a vet stated they were the healthiest looking pound dogs she had seen in her duration. McQuaid told us what the plan was going forward.

“What we’re going to try to do is we actually go through rescues, fosters and of course local adoptions and so forth and this is something we work on 7 days a week. This is like a non stop operation for us to do this.”

Mcquaid told us 11 of the 28 dogs have already been transported to a rescue or have been adopted. The remaining dogs were transported to the County Dog Pound Thursday. The dogs were quarantined in horse stalls at the barn on the county fairgrounds property. Here they were cared for and monitored by volunteers daily. McQuaid says he feels the community will be glad to hear the update on the dogs story.

“I think they’re going to be very satisfied. Very very happy. There’s a lot of animal lovers in our town and I believe in my heart that they’re going to be overwhelmed with the response especially since no dog here is leaving with distemper.”

McQuaid thanks the Muskingum County Commissioners and the Fair Board for allowing the full time care become a reality. If you would like to help one of these healthy pups start their new journey on the right paw, you can stop by the Muskingum County Dog Pound and give one a brand new home.