Cat at Carthage Shelter

Cat peering through a kennel at the Animal Services shelter in Carthage. (Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot) 

An outbreak of a virulent, highly contagious disease affecting cats has been reported at the animal services shelter in Carthage.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office said the shelter will temporarily stop accepting cats following a rash of feline panleukopenia cases at the facility. The virus attacks the infected cat’s gastrointestinal tract and is often fatal.

According to an announcement from the sheriff’s office, some cats will need to be euthanized in response to the outbreak. The announcement did not say how many cats will be put down.

People who have adopted cats within the past week have been notified of the outbreak, the announcement said. Efforts are underway to decontaminate the shelter, which is expected to resume admissions of cats on Aug. 26.

The sheriff’s office said the outbreak will not affect the Clear the Shelter adoption event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter is located in the 5000 block of U.S. 15-501.

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