Detroit Animal Care and Control facility to temporarily close due to unknown sickness among animals

DETROIT – The Detroit Animal Care and Control facility will be temporarily closed until the Detroit Health Department can diagnose and isolate an upper respiratory ailment that affected animals in the shelter.

The facility is expected to remain closed to the public until Jan. 2.

All stray dogs will be taken to the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society on Joseph Campau.

The Detroit Animal Care and Control will be working with its partners, including the Michigan Humane Society and others, to provide animal with safe alternative locations for shelter throughout the closure.

During the closure, only bite quarantine dogs will be admitted to an isolated area of the shelter. Dog owners whose animals have bitten someone and must be held have the option of housing the animal at a state licensed veterinarian.

It is unclear how many animals are affected.

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