Several dogs die from rare illness at BK animal shelter

A Brooklyn dog shelter was forced to close its doors last week after a rare illness broke out, infecting and killing several dogs, officials say.The

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn dog shelter was forced to close its doors last week after a rare illness broke out, infecting and killing several dogs, officials say.

The shelter on Linden Boulevard was closed last week and stopped accepting animals as a result of the outbreak. People who wanted to adopt dogs were turned away and directed to go to the agency's Manhattan location.

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

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

Officials say the infected animals were showing symptoms such as fevers and bloody noses. The shelter houses more than 40,000 animals every year.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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