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MCACC: Dog dies of 'Strep Zoo,' more than 30 dogs show symptoms

MCACC is extending free adoptions of large breeds through Friday, Jan. 26 in order to help free up as much space as possible in case of a quarantine situation.

MESA, Ariz. - Maricopa County Animal Care and Control officials have identified a severe upper respiratory infection known as "Strep Zoo" in its East Valley shelter.

According to the shelter, one deceased dog tested positive for Strep Zoo, and another deceased dog is being tested.

Shelter officials said the infection is potentially treatable if caught early. Anyone who has recently adopted a dog should check for the following symptoms:

• coughing

• nasal discharge

• vomiting

• labored breathing

• coughing up blood

Dogs who are showing signs of Strep Zoo should be checked by a veterinarian so they can be placed on antibiotics. Infected dogs should also be isolated from other household pets until the symptoms subside.

The infection can be transferred from dogs to cats and even humans who have compromised immune systems.

According to MCACC, Strep Zoo can become worse in a stressful environment like a shelter.

MCACC is extending free adoptions of large breeds through Friday, Jan. 26 in order to free up as much space as possible in case of a quarantine situation.

Adoptions will continue at the shelter. Any animals showing signs of the infection will be placed on antibiotics, and those antibiotics will go home with the adopter.

In addition, the shelter is shutting down playgroups and non-mandated services until further notice.

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