Mystery illness at Emporia animal shelter

Veterinarians and lab experts at K-State are trying to solve a mystery at an Emporia animal shelter. An unknown illness has forced vets to euthanize 13 dogs at the shelter.

Since February, nearly 40 dogs have had to be euthanized at the shelter because of the illness.  An area vet says what starts out as a cough progresses rapidly.Doctors had to even put down eight dogs in just one day.

Kansas State University’s diagnostic lab is helping to figure out what this illness is.  The shelter says it will continue to bring dogs in but keep them isolated from the sick animals.

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