SPCA file

SPCA Board President Beate Damm pets one of the puppies at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter in Lake Jackson at the beginning of July. The shelter is unable to accept animals because of an outbreak of canine distemper, a highly contagious and often fatal virus that spreads when it become airborne, such as when a dog coughs.

LAKE JACKSON — People dedicated to saving the lives of animals have had to watch dogs die in their arms, unable to protect them from a distemper outbreak at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter.

The virus is highly contagious and often fatal for dogs, leaving the SPCA of Brazoria County, which operated the shelter, in financial and emotional turmoil.

Nick Irene is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0149.

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