Rare Illness Shutters Brooklyn Animal Shelter

Several dogs have died from a rare illness that forced a Brooklyn animal shelter to close for nearly a week.

Animal Care & Control of New York City says the dogs at the Brooklyn shelter on Linden Boulevard are no longer in any danger from contracting the disease known as Strep Zoo. The shelter reopened Monday.

The shelter was closed last week. People who wanted to drop off or adopt dogs were directed to go to the agency's Manhattan location.

AC&C spokesman Richard Gentles says that all animals were given penicillin as a precaution.

"We didn't want this to spread. We started isolation with the sick animals," Gentles told the Daily News. "There is no instance of Strep Zoo in any of the other shelters."

To learn more about adopty a healthy four-legged New Yorker, contact the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

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