TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society closed on Friday to allow deep cleaning after a dog was diagnosed with distemper.
According to the animal shelter, local veterinarians have seen an increase in the canine illness.
Distemper attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of puppies and dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Infected dogs will initially develop watery to pus-like discharge from their dogs.
Because of the attack on the nervous system, infected dogs develop circling behavior, head tilt, muscle twitches, convulsions and jaw chewing movements and salivation, seizures and partial or complete paralysis.
Vaccination is crucial to preventing canine distemper, according to the AVMA.
The humane society suggests pet owners should contact their veterinarians to make sure their pets' shots are up to date.