After a distemper outbreak in Wyoming, the source of the infection was traced back to a dog kennel in Kansas.
The kennel was under investigation after the Wyoming State veterinarian contacted the Kansas Animal Health Department. Bill Brown, the Kansas Livestock Commissioner said the Health Department had quarantined the kennel twice after distemper was diagnosed there.
The kennel’s owners couldn’t sell any of the dogs and could not afford to pay for staff and upkeep of the kennels so euthanizing the nearly 1200 dogs was the only way to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. Most of the dogs euthanized were adults.
Caution: The video below shows a dog with distemper. This dog was a stray dog found on the side of the road and brought to my clinic by a good samaritan. Unfortunately, there is not a treatment for distemper and this puppy was euthanized shortly after this video was taped.