BY HERNANDO COUNTY GOV
(Brooksville, FL) – Hernando County Animal Services has suspended the intake of cats and kittens on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 due to Feline Panleukopenia being detected amongst our kennel population. Hernando County Animal Services is following best practices and taking a proactive approach to protect the remaining shelter population. The suspension will allow the isolation of sick and exposed animals to allow the incubation period to pass. Panleukopenia presents the most danger to our kitten population as they are often too small for protective vaccination. The public will be notified when normal feline operations will resume after approval of Hernando County’s Staff Veterinarian.
“Our primary responsibilities are the health and safety of the animals and the citizens we serve,” mentioned Hernando County Animal Services Manager James Terry. “Although difficult, the decision to temporarily suspend feline intake services is the best way to meet those responsibilities. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to provide the best care and return to normal operations.”
The following steps and precautions will continue for our feline population:
• Ongoing testing
• Supportive care
Hernando County Government is aware that Panleukopenia is present in our community. Please be cautious and contact your veterinarian if your feline shows signs of generalized depression, loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, severe diarrhea, nasal discharge, and dehydration. More information can be found at https://www.avma.org/resources tools/pet-owners/petcare/feline-panleukopenia
Normal operations and hours will continue for all other Hernando County Animal Services.
For questions or more information, please contact Hernando County Animal Services at (352) 796-5062.