Irving Animal Services, located at 4140 Valley View Lane, has announced its temporary closure for the next several days due to the presence of Streptococcus equi among its animals. The closure is aimed at ensuring the safety of both the public and incoming animals.
As a precautionary measure, Animal Services has suspended adoption visits and owner surrender intakes unless deemed necessary during this period.
Residents of Irving who come across stray dogs are encouraged to temporarily hold the pets to prevent the potential spread of Streptococcus equi to other dogs.
Irving Animal Services will reopen to the community as soon as it can be done safely. The department acknowledges the inconvenience this may cause and appreciates the patience of the public. The primary objective is to prioritize the well-being of the animals and staff during this time.
What is Streptococcus equi?
Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus (S. zooepidemicus) is a highly contagious and often fatal disease that is characterised by sudden onset of clinical signs including pyrexia, dyspnoea and haemorrhagic nasal discharge. Post mortem examination typically reveals pulmonary haemorrhage and pleural effusion. Histopathology demonstrates fibrino-suppurative, necrotising and haemorrhagic pneumonia in most cases.
Canine vaccines for S. zooepidemicus are currently not available and prevention of the disease therefore relies on limiting bacterial spread by implementing stringent control measures in kennels.