Sullivan County

SBK Animal Centers to reopen Friday

Distemper caused the closure of the facilities

After being closed for two weeks because of a canine disease, the SBK Animal Center in Blountville and Kingsport will reopen on Friday. 

Workers at both shelters gave those facilities a thorough cleaning but officials told News 5 on Thursday that they are beyond capacity.

The agency is having to transition 31 dogs into outside mobile units while others were sent to other facilities and will be returned.

Operations Manager Donna Davidson said the dog that was diagnosed with distemper that caused the temporary closure was from Bristol.

"I want to encourage people to vaccinate your animals because this could all have been prevented if they would just vaccinate because it only takes one dog to come in that has been exposed to distemper through a raccoon, a skunk a coyote, anything like that,” Davidson said.

The feline portion of the shelters are also at-capacity but the cats were not evacuated because cats cannot pass distemper back and forth like dogs, the manager explained.

Information on donating to the shelters or adopting a new pet from the agency is available by clicking here.


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