PRINCETON — The Mercer County Animal Shelter will remain under quarantine until at least next Tuesday.
Director Lisa Williams said additional cases of distemper and parvo had been found among the dog population at the shelter and the quarantine was extended to prevent additional dogs from becoming infected.
With the shelter closed to dog drop-offs and dog adoptions, the animal shelter has the infection contained. If the quarantine were lifted, additional dogs that are infected but do not show symptoms may leave the shelter and infect other animals in the community.
"Right now, it's all about protecting the community." Williiams said, "We don't want this to spread out into the community."
Additionally, due to overpopulation, the animal shelter is closed to cat dropoffs.
Williams said the shelter was currently full and some of the animals there needed to leave before addtional ones could come in.
"We're just asking that people be patient and hang on as best they can." Williams said, "I know it's hard but they're going to have to hang on so that we can find homes and rescues for the cats that we currently have."