MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Thursday, the Odessa Animal Control Shelter was notified of an exposure to distemper, a contagious viral disease for which there is no specific treatment.

Once notified of the issue, the shelter contacted owners who were reclaiming pets after the shelter was notified, and advised of the possible exposure to their pet and advised to follow-up with their veterinarian.

The shelter also sent requests for assistance from placement partner groups which were able to respond and relocate fifty-three dogs.

Several dogs had to be euthanized due to exhibiting signs of illness and not being eligible for release.

The shelter is currently not taking in any animals until the building has been completely sanitized, and intakes should resume Friday at 10:00 A.M.