New animal facility opening Tuesday in light of distemper crisis

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As crews at Louisville Metro Animal Services scramble to deal with a second distemper outbreak in three months, a new facility is set to open this week.

On Friday, September 16, leaders took emergency action and closed the Manslick Road facility and, for the most part, will not take in any additional animals there until further notice.

That comes after more than 20 distemper and upper respiratory cases were discovered.  That comes after a similar situation in June of this year.

On Tuesday, September 20, a new animal intake facility is set to open up at 3516 Newburg Road.

Reached Sunday afternoon, spokesperson Margaret Brosko said crews were busy converting the large structure into a safe and sanitary facility to house those animals.

She said additional information on the Newburg Road facility and the distemper outbreak will come Monday, September 19, as officials were busy preparing the building Sunday and therefore were not available to provide additional details Sunday afternoon.

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