Cabarrus Co. animal shelter stops cat intake, adoption due to outbreak of illness

- The Cabarrus County Animal Shelter had to stop cat intake and adoptions due to an outbreak of a highly contagious illness.

On Tuesday, staff say some cats were showing symptoms of Panleukopenia, a highly contagious illness. They immediately notified the staff veterinarian and officials at the NC Department of Agriculture, and began sanitizing the shelter to contain the outbreak.

The shelter, located at 244 Betsy Carpenter Pl SW in Concord, says they will not take in or allow adoptions of cats through August 25. 

Panleukopenia symptoms can go undetected for up to two weeks. The shelter says they have not placed any cats with any families in the last two weeks. The staff at the shelter is still working to contact rescue organizations in custody of cats that may have been exposed to the illness.

The shelter will operate under normal hours for all of its other services.

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