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Quarantine lifted for most Fayette dogs

Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Animals Friends of Westmoreland founder and president Candy Nelson removes the first cat of nine from the Fayette SPCA on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.The Fayette SPCA had its license revoked on Aug. 13 after numerous sick dogs were discovered there. More than 30 citations were filed against the century-old Fayette SPCA, stemming from two inspections that noted numerous deficiencies and animals with infectious diseases. The animals will be held at Animal Friends of Westmoreland in Youngwood.

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 10:45 p.m.
 

The state lifted a quarantine on Monday on most dogs moved from the Fayette County SPCA to a building in Youngwood operated by Animal Friends of Westmoreland, according to a state agency spokesman and the president of the animal rescue group.

State Agriculture Department officials, joined by a veterinarian for Animal Friends, looked at the dogs, then dog law officers lifted the ban, said Logan Hall, spokesman for the agriculture department.

“By lifting the quarantine, the department is allowing the adoption at the discretion of Animal Friends' veterinarian,” Hall added in an emailed statement.

Candy Nelson, Animal Friends founder, said the quarantine was lifted on 37 dogs, with seven others still quarantined and kept separate from the other dogs.

The dogs and 10 cats that were removed from the Fayette shelter are being kept separate at Animal Friends' main shelter in Youngwood. They could be up for adoption as soon as next week, Nelson said.

On Thursday, Animal Friends volunteers used three box trucks and a van to move more than 40 dogs from Fayette County to a building beside Nelson's Platinum Salon and Spa on North Third Street in Youngwood.

Earlier this month, the state agency put the Fayette shelter under quarantine after sick dogs were discovered there, then revoked the shelter's license.

“Now they'll receive spay or neutering surgery, as well as anything additional they need. Then they will be available for adoption,” Nelson said.

People who want to adopt the animals “will want to keep an eye on our website,” Nelson said.

“Once they're ready, we'll put their photos and stories (on the website). I would guess it will be after Labor Day,” she added.

Dogs receive shots, microchipping and other treatments, in addition to spay or neutering, Nelson said. They cost $150-$200 to adopt, she said.

Cats, which also are fixed, receive vaccines and various types of testing. Kittens cost $100 to adopt, and adult cats cost $25 through September.

The group's website is animalfriendswestmoreland.org.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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