Gaston County’s animal shelter is halting intakes and adoptions of cats for the next two weeks, after discovering several cats were infected with a contagious disease.
The shelter has had three confirmed cases of feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) in the past week, officials said.
“This deadly disease is very contagious and results in many cat deaths. To prevent further spread of the infection in the shelter, the shelter will not be accepting any new cats or kittens into the facility and will suspend the adoption of cats from the facility for the next two weeks,” said a statement released Friday.
The voluntary action is in place until at least Oct. 3, officials said. For information, the public can call Kristine Blankenship at 704-922-2176.