Public and other adoption agencies helping Stray Rescue with Distemper outbreak

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - An outbreak of distemper has forced the temporary closing of Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Multiple tests confirm 17 cases, mostly puppies that passed away recently at the shelter located downtown on Pine Street.

There are also seven confirmed cases where the dogs are still alive.

The shelter's director believes infected raccoons in the area are to blame.

Financial donations are desperately needed for shelter and you can also drop off cleaning supplies, like bleach and laundry detergent.