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Rayburn shelter closed while cause of dog's death investigated

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Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:24 p.m.

Orphans of the Storm in Rayburn will be closed for 10 days as a safety precaution because a stray dog died from an unknown illness in the animal shelter Monday morning.

The no-kill shelter on Route 85 closed when two mixed breed puppies got sick after the death of a dog in a neighboring cage, said shelter Manager Bethann Galbraith.

The puppies have been quarantined and are being monitored while testing is done on the dog that died to determine what killed it. Galbraith said the dog that died came to the shelter over the weekend.

“We believe we have everything contained and the puppies should be fine,” Galbraith said. “We're just trying to be cautious ... to keep the problem from spreading it to other parts of the shelter.”

During the closure, Galbraith said, volunteers who walk dogs and socialize with cats will not be permitted at the shelter.

She recommended that anyone who visited the shelter over the weekend or on Monday morning wash their clothing as a preventative measure.

“We'll reopen once we know that no other animals are sick,” Galbraith said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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