Theo is a handsome black and white dog with floppy ears and a waggly tail. He was just picked up by Williamson County Animal Control and placed in isolation away from other dogs at the shelter.
It's a precautionary measure brought on by a confirmed case of distemper, a canine viral disease that affects dogs, foxes, and raccoons – but not cats or humans.
Dough Brightwell with Williamson County Animal Control told Nashville's News 2 a dog displayed signs of an upper respiratory infection. That dog was tested, and on Friday the results came back positive for distemper.
After consulting with veterinarians, the decision was made to suspend dog adoptions until April 5th.
“We're just trying to get ahead of it and make sure we're not going to be a part of the spread of the disease,” said Brightwell.
Williamson County Animal Control placed phone calls to every household who has adopted a dog from their facility since March 2, letting the new owners know to monitor their new pets for symptoms.
Brightwell described the first signs of distemper as a mucous discharge and a deep-chest cough.
“We want to keep it contained,” said Brightwell, “We don't want to be spreading this.”
The Williamson County Animal Shelter will still be open for cat adoptions.