LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter is extending their original closure, saying they need more time to clean and sanitize the facility.
The number of cases of distemper from shelter dogs has also increased to seven testing positive for the virus.
But, staff said they are hopeful they can get back to normal and say this closure is necessary.
"It was the right decision to make to ensure that we, number one, are not spreading the disease any more," said shelter executive director, Aaron Ramsey. "And, we don't want to adopt out any unhealthy animals, so it's always good to just pause what you're doing and then just go through and monitor and make sure everything is healthy and just do a really thorough cleaning."
Staff say they're confident the facility will re-open to the public on Monday.
But, due to a vet recommendation, they will not be adopting out puppies, until they can make sure the virus has been completely destroyed.