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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 8:00am

Shelter Quarantine Likely Ends Next Week

A 14-day quarantine at the Savannah-Chatham animal control shelter is expected to be lifted early next week.

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials Wednesday extended an existing quarantine by 14 days after a dog at the shelter was found suffering from a respiratory illness. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says the quarantine is expected to be lifted Tuesday.

Miller says two of the shelter's three wings that house dogs and cats will be open for animal intake. Infected animals will be held and treated in the shelter's third wing.

Miller says pet adoptions will continue for animals who meet adoption criteria and have been housed in the shelter for the mandatory five-day holding period.

The initial quarantine was implemented May 7 after shelter staff requested an inspection by state officials.