By Julian Teekaram, Weekend anchor/Video Journalist - bio | email
There is one confirmed case of canine distemper in Lima, a viral disease that is fatal in about half the cases.
The dog with distemper was found in the Harrison/West Kibby Street area. 14 dogs died recently in that same region, and they all were showing symptoms of distemper which can include a fever, labored breathing and diarrhea.
After the distemper discovery, the Dog Warden's office quarantined and tested all their dogs for the disease. So far, all the animals seem healthy. However, the office won't allow people to adopt until next week when they have the final okay from a veterinarian.
Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer says the best way to prevent your dog from contracting the virus is to vaccinate them. The Dog Warden's office will hold a vaccination clinic at Cook Park on Monday, August 27 from 4pm to 7pm. Vets and technicians will administer distemper vaccinations. There is no charge to the public, but donations will be accepted.