Willmar Animal Shelter Under Quarantine 18 Jul 17

(KWLM/Willmar MN-) The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has placed the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar under quarantine due to an outbreak of canine influenza. Bobbie Bauman, Director of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties says it all began July 7th when they noticed some sick dogs at the shelter.

The veterinarian who recieved the test results reported it to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, who came out last Friday and placed the shelter under a 3-week quarantine, beginning last Friday. Bauman says they have 20 dogs at the shelter being cared-for and none have died, but until the quarantine is lifted, they cannot accept any more strays at Hawk Creek.

People will also not be able to come and see or adopt any dogs until the quarantine is over, and they have made phone calls to all who have adopted or claimed their animal in the last month. The is the first time the Hawk Creek Shelter has been quarantined in it’s 8 year history. Courtney Wheeler with the Board of Animal Health says in addition to the Kandiyohi County case, there have been two cases of dog flu in Wright County. She says there have no instances of humans catching the flu from canines.

Bauman says the flu does not affect their cats, and people welcome to come in, look at or adopt any of their cats or kittens. In the meantime, Bauman says they would welcome any donations of durable toys for the quarantined dogs to play with. And she says the flu will increase the shelter’s costs for medicine and veterinary care, and any donations to help offset those costs are welcome. Call the shelter for more info, (320) 235-7612.