Distemper outbreak at Stray Rescue worse than previously thought

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The distemper outbreak at Stray Rescue of St. Louis is bigger than first thought. On Thursday afternoon, founder Randy Grim posted a video to Facebook with what he called a “tough update.”

In the video, Grim said the shelter recently lost two more dogs, bringing the death toll up to 23. He went on to say that final test results are in and they discovered 51 living dogs at the shelter have the sickness.

Grim urged that people consider becoming a medical foster for the sick dogs, so they can get bring them to health quicker without infecting other dogs.

“We’re going to need medical fosters. Those are folks with no other dogs. Ask your friends and neighbors.” said Randy Grim. “Dogs heal better in a home, not in a shelter environment especially when they’re on the road to recovery,” he added.

Cats and humans cannot get distemper.

Stray Rescue is working and taking part in a study with researchers at the University of Wisconsin to learn how distemper is spread and controlled.