A sickness similar to the flu has forced the Humane Society of Washington County to temporarily close its dog-adoption kennels, according to a press release from the organization.
Dogs that recently went home with new owners also might be sick, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said.
Cooker said 15 of the 34 dogs at the Humane Society on Wednesday were sick with symptoms that included congestion, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The sick dogs, along with 12 dogs housed near them, are on antibiotics, she said.
Cats do not seem to be sick, Cooker said.
The illness, which officials first noticed a few days ago, seems to have an incubation time of a few days - meaning seemingly healthy dogs that went to new homes recently could develop symptoms, she said.
"I'm not aware of that, but it wouldn't surprise me that something would have come up that we didn't notice," Cooker said.