Texas SPCA reopens Ellis County animal care center after distemper outbreak

ELLIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — After an outbreak of canine distemper forced Texas SPCA officials to close several locations earlier this summer, the Ellis County Animal Care Center is finally reopening to the public.

On June 8, several of the organization’s facilities were closed after two dogs tested positive for the virus. The epidemic continued to spread, forcing officials to extend closures June 22.

Things started looking up in July, when the SPCA determined he was safe to reopen the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. Likewise, after testing last week concluded there were no infected dogs at the Ellis County ACC, officials also decided to reopen the center to the public.

However, two other facilities remain closed. The Myron K. Martin Spaying and Veterinary Care Clinic and the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center will be closed for at least two more weeks.

While adoptions will be available at the ACC and the shelter accepts animals that have previously been with the Texas SPCA, new surrenders and strays will not be accepted at this time.

The association will also offer other adoption opportunities. Pets will be available at PetSmart at 1451 N Hwy 77 in Waxahachie on Friday, August 5 from 4-7 p.m. and at Lowe’s in Waxahachie at 1420 N Hwy 77 on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Texas SPCA is also partnering with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office to host a free pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, August 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ellis County Expo Center at 2300 US 287 in Waxahachie. Rabies, DAPPv and FVRCP vaccines and microchips, all donated by Merck and Petco Love, will be available to help prevent the spread of disease in animals.

Benjamin M. Yerger