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Contagious animal disease hits Hot Springs Animal Control

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HOT SPRINGS - Hot Springs Animal Control has closed its facility for the remainder of the week after a dog at its facility tested positive for distemper.

The contagious and often fatal disease is known to affect young dogs yet to be vaccinated. 

Animal Control will continue to make calls throughout Garland County. They will be able to house animals in need at the Garland County Humane Society, according to a city spokeswoman.

Anyone who has adopted through the city within the last 30 days is being notified their dog runs the risk of contracting distemper.

Brian Peters with Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital says the dogs who contract distemper are often in environments that do not have vaccines readily available.

"The ones that are exposed to it and getting the virus possibly from the wild community would be an unvaccinated young dog in the community wherever it is," said Peters.

For more information on distemper you can visit http://www.lakehamiltonanimalhospital.com