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Vidalia Animal Control Shelter Quarantined
Thursday, 16 July 2009
July 16-- The Vidalia Animal Control Shelter has been cited and quarantined by the state.

According to Police Chief Frank Waits, the quarantine states no more animals will be allowed to enter the shelter, nor will any be allowed to be adopted until the quarantine is lifted.

Overcrowding mostly due to the economic recession has been a big problem at the shelter, but Chief Waits says disease brought into the shelter by homeless animals contributed greatly.

"It wasn't just overcrowding, some of the animals had the manage. This is what we were quarantined about. We are going to try and treat the animals for the mange and try to get them adopted out," says Waits.

It is unknown how long the quarantine will stay in affect; a veterinarian will have to assess the animals before a timeline of any kind can be

According to Sonya Hall with the Vidalia Animal Control Shelter, there are currently 110 dogs and 35 cats at the facility, and these numbers have been consistent for the past 6 months. Chief Waits says he will take every measure available to ensure no animals are forced to be euthanized.
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