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The Pocatello Animal Shelter will be closed Tuesday, March 15 while employees conduct a cleaning of the facility.
Recently, the shelter has seen an increase in the number of Feline Calicivirus (FCV) cases and in order to help prevent further spread of the disease, employees will be deep cleaning the facility. The common respiratory disease is typically found in places that house multiple cats such as shelters or boarding facilities. Kittens and elderly cats are the animals most susceptible to the disease.
“After consulting with several local veterinarians, we’ve determined that this is the most proactive course of action to take,” said Richard Stewart, Pocatello Animal Services Director. “We’ve isolated the roughly 20 cats we believe are infected with FCV and have been able to place our healthy cats with rescue operations around the area.”
The shelter will reopen Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and officials apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.