Franklin County Dog Shelter issues advisory after dog tests positive for distemper

CREDIT: Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center via Facebook

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The Franklin County Dog Shelter says a dog has tested positive for canine distemper, a virus that affects dogs’ respiratory tracts, spinal cords, and brains.

PDF: Distemper Advisory

The shelter is instituting additional safety measures to keep the virus at bay. Two other dogs have been tested, and their results are pending. Several dogs are under quarantine; the shelter did not specify how many.

The shelter says that distemper is not dangerous to people. It is highly contagious to some dogs, and can be deadly. All dogs are vaccinated against distemper when they come in to the shelter, but new dogs with no previous vaccinations are at risk.

Dogs already on the adoption floor will remain available for adoption.

The shelter says to contact its medical staff at (614) 525-5458 if you have recently adopted a dog from the Franklin County Dog Shelter. The shelter will continue to monitor the situation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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