104 cats put down at Young-Williams due to virus

More than half of the cats at Young-Williams Animal Center had to be euthanized after an outbreak of a deadly virus.

There were 197 cats in the facility at the time late last week and 104 of them had to be put down.

The Panleukopenia virus causes vomiting and diarrhea in cats and is almost always fatal, similar to the Parvo virus that affects dogs.

Young-Williams CEO Jeff Ashin says it's physically tasking to disinfect everything in the facility, but the emotional toll is worse.

"Emotionally, this is just such a trial for everyone in the organization, fatal disease infecting all these other animals," he said.

Ashin says the shelter hasn't seen this virus in five years, but at an open intake shelter the odds of an outbreak happening are very high.


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