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Dyersburg, TN

#82 Nov 4, 2011
Unfortunately, the puppy likely had picked up the distemper before she even arrived at the shelter. It takes sometimes more than a month before they will even show signs of being the least bit sick. I adopted 2 from there a few years ago and I lost both of them to the disease. That is not to say that all puppies there will have it. I know other people that adopted puppies from there and didn't have that problem. I believe it depends on where the dogs actually came from and what they were exposed to prior to arriving at the shelter. It is a tough disease to kill, it can live for years in an area unless thoroughly and properly disinfected which is not an easy task by any means. It is rare that any pups survive this disease. I'm sorry for your loss, I know how quickly they become part of the family. We were devastated when we lost ours. Please do some research on the internet and talk to one of the vets about disinfecting your home and yard before you consider getting another puppy. When the time is right for you to get one, check the shoppers guide or the newspaper for give a ways, often people with advertise there trying to find homes for unwanted puppies before they resort to taking them to the shelter. That is what I did when they had the last outbreak of distemper. My last dog I just asked around and found some people that had a litter of unwanted puppies that they weren't even attempting to find a home for. Although I didn't get him directly from the shelter, I know I rescued him from ever going there or worse.
Good luck to you!
MATTER OF FACT

Murray, KY

#83 Nov 5, 2011
20 hrs ago I know for a fact there have been several confirmed cases(sent to a lab) of canine distemper in the last 2 months in animals that came from the dyersburg animal shelter. This is not fair to the people who adopted these animals, not fair to the animals, and not fair to the animals these people already have at home who are getting infected when the new ones are introduced into the home. I know for a fact that one dog caught distemper and had to be euthanized after coming into contact with a distemper dog who came from dyersburg. What the hell is wrong with these dumb ass people? STUPID!!! This disease is airborne. They need to know their diseases and how to deal with these problems. Ever heard the word QUARANTINE? Maybe someone who knows what the hell they are doing needs to be in control of the shelter instead of these people who have not a clue. When they get new animals in, they should quarantine them for a period of time until they know it is safe to introduce them to the rest of the bunch. WAKE UP DYERSBURG ANIMAL SHELTER
MATTER OF FACT

Murray, KY

#84 Nov 5, 2011
Just found out this morning that another dog died last night that came from the dyersburg animal shelter. DISTEMPER
monkeylove

Dyersburg, TN

#85 Nov 5, 2011
i just want to say i work at the human soc. i been there a long time he lied on his app then a friend looked up his name on the pc and found out that he was a sex offender you dont think we was scared when we found out mostly weman work up there when we found out about him we went to miss carol right away
concerned citizen wrote:
what about the humane society hiring an animal control officer that is on parole for being a sex offender i guess they will hire anybody up there that is a criminal
monkeylove

Dyersburg, TN

#86 Nov 5, 2011
thank you for putting out the truth the people that come up to the shelter knows the real truth poeple that come and help us out will see we are not there for the pay check like me i work in the back these animals mean the world to me. i bath them i rub them everytime i clean there cage, i even talk to them,i keep up on there med that the vet pervide they are like my own and when they do have to get put down i cry and people that really come up there sees that. not like some people on here that never step foot in to the human soc. but wants to talk bad about it. i dont care what people think. we do are best to keep the animals heathly we do not have a vet in the shelter (wish we did)but they go to the vet the first sign of any sickness i wish we had more people come walk the dogs and play with the cats even have more foster parents the dogs love to be outside but becouse we clean we do not always have time to walk all the dogs and the people that see dogs running loose and dont think we do anything you have to understand we only have 2 dog catchers and they do there best....i am a valinteer,a foster parent and i do work there ++++++++++
__seriously people__ wrote:
Wow have any of you ever gone and volunteered at the shelter?? I did less than a month ago. They test all the puppies for parvo and distemper and vaccinate them, but if they are exposed to it within 7 days of vaccination the vaccine has still not kicked in. The dog can be infected still.
When the dogs come in they are immediately vaccinated. Mr. Avery let me watch them examine the dogs. They were very nice to all of them. They chack them over, clip their nails if they need it, test them for parvo and distemper, test their attitude by petting on them roughly and playing with them, and then they put them in a run.
When I went in there the only "sick" dog I saw was one that had been run over, and they were trying to save her. She had been left to run free by her owners.
If you want to adopt an animal they are a good place to go. They have overall healthy dogs. If you got a sick dog from them it was not because the dog had not been vaccinated by them, it would be because it had not formerly been vaccinated so the vaccine didn't kick in for a week. They can't help that.
Some of the "volunteers" that were up there for community service were kinda creepy, but since I was just volunteering in my free time I got to socialize and play with dogs. It would be extremely helpful for more people to go out there and volunteer. You can help make dogs more adoptable through bathing them, playing with them, or even just giving out treats.
very sad

Monterey, TN

#87 Nov 7, 2011
the vet i went to also said they had seen five cases in the past few months all of dogs coming from the same place. all the dogs need to be tested. i don't want my money back. that's not what is important to me. what is important is that i was very very hurt when my dog died. i also had another very small puppy die in june, after i had had her for only 3 days. i paid a lot of money for that puppy and was very upset with that outcome. so this time i went to a shelter, to rescue a puppy. because i have a very big heart, i also adopted a dog with "special needs" her front feet were mishapen. and i once again had my heart broken. i had to pay to have this dog tested for distemper, and it's not a cheap test. i don't want anyone else to have to take that chance with an animal the recieve from the shelter! if they know this disease is being spread throughout their facility and are still selling the animals to families, then they should be being held responsible for the cost of the distemper test! and what it costs the families to have their animals put to sleep because of the disease. they should be shut down until the disease is cleared from the premises! and the families who have adopted these animals which have already died should be demanding they test all the animals still in the shelter.
anon

Dallas, TX

#88 Feb 9, 2013
She only weighs 9 lbs. Ten days not eating.
My point was they could hv told me she wasn't eating. I called everyday.
animal lover

Halls, TN

#89 Feb 9, 2013
very sad wrote:
the vet i went to also said they had seen five cases in the past few months all of dogs coming from the same place. all the dogs need to be tested. i don't want my money back. that's not what is important to me. what is important is that i was very very hurt when my dog died. i also had another very small puppy die in june, after i had had her for only 3 days. i paid a lot of money for that puppy and was very upset with that outcome. so this time i went to a shelter, to rescue a puppy. because i have a very big heart, i also adopted a dog with "special needs" her front feet were mishapen. and i once again had my heart broken. i had to pay to have this dog tested for distemper, and it's not a cheap test. i don't want anyone else to have to take that chance with an animal the recieve from the shelter! if they know this disease is being spread throughout their facility and are still selling the animals to families, then they should be being held responsible for the cost of the distemper test! and what it costs the families to have their animals put to sleep because of the disease. they should be shut down until the disease is cleared from the premises! and the families who have adopted these animals which have already died should be demanding they test all the animals still in the shelter.
Distemper is not found just in shelters! If your dog goes outside it can be exposed. Shutting down the shelter would accomplish nothing. As spring weather approaches distemper will be run wild everywhere. It affects coyotes, young dogs, and even house dogs, this is why vaccination is so important. Distemper has a long incubation period and the pup could have been fine before you received it. The sad reality is most dogs who end up in shelters are not vaccinated and they are kept in close confinement. Which is a bad situation. It is not economically possible to test ? or vaccinated every dog that comes in the door knowing a large portion of them will never be adopted. Now the question is.... Do we close the shelter because some animals get diseases like distemper or parvo or stop rescuing innocent animals from the shelter, the answer is No! We do what we can with what we have. We try to make a difference for a few and the workers there show kindness and compassion to all. There will always be parvo, distemper, homeless and abused animals and ignorant people are the main problem. So instead of getting on this site and criticizing the very ones who care and are doing something about it you should be trying to educate others or making a donation of distemper vaccine or a bottle of bleach to the shelter. Save one until there are none!
by the way

Halls, TN

#90 Feb 9, 2013
animal lover wrote:
<quoted text>Distemper is not found just in shelters! If your dog goes outside it can be exposed. Shutting down the shelter would accomplish nothing. As spring weather approaches distemper will be run wild everywhere. It affects coyotes, young dogs, and even house dogs, this is why vaccination is so important. Distemper has a long incubation period and the pup could have been fine before you received it. The sad reality is most dogs who end up in shelters are not vaccinated and they are kept in close confinement. Which is a bad situation. It is not economically possible to test ? or vaccinated every dog that comes in the door knowing a large portion of them will never be adopted. Now the question is.... Do we close the shelter because some animals get diseases like distemper or parvo or stop rescuing innocent animals from the shelter, the answer is No! We do what we can with what we have. We try to make a difference for a few and the workers there show kindness and compassion to all. There will always be parvo, distemper, homeless and abused animals and ignorant people are the main problem. So instead of getting on this site and criticizing the very ones who care and are doing something about it you should be trying to educate others or making a donation of distemper vaccine or a bottle of bleach to the shelter. Save one until there are none!
And also, whoever started this post, it is inhumane not unhumane. Another sign of ignorance!
gojo

Union City, TN

#91 Feb 9, 2013
mabey the vet needs to board you and take some of them pounds off you there Uhm hehe
guest

Bruceville, TX

#92 Feb 9, 2013
the Humane Society on countryman st 1800 st alot over there pitbulls pick them up and turn around the next day the dogs are back home the lady page works for the Humane society knows the owners of the dogs if it was my dog i would not get her back they are not doing there jobs we need to take pictures and page in trouble taking dogs home with her that she see running high dollar dogs like 1837 countryman st they pick them dogs up running and 1 try to bite them she gave the owners the pits backs we got kids playing
Jackuup

Jackson, TN

#93 Feb 10, 2013
guest wrote:
the Humane Society on countryman st 1800 st alot over there pitbulls pick them up and turn around the next day the dogs are back home the lady page works for the Humane society knows the owners of the dogs if it was my dog i would not get her back they are not doing there jobs we need to take pictures and page in trouble taking dogs home with her that she see running high dollar dogs like 1837 countryman st they pick them dogs up running and 1 try to bite them she gave the owners the pits backs we got kids playing
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