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Deadly virus forces Roanoke pound to shutdown part of its facility

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - A deadly virus has forced the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection in Roanoke to shut down part of its facility.

This week, a kitten was diagnosed with pan leukopenia, a highly contagious disease similar to parvo.

Shelter staff have to be extremely cautious when cleaning to make sure they don't transfer the virus; however, that's not the only concern.

"A lot of shelters can just shut down the intakes and wait for the disease to pass," said RCACP Executive Director David Flagler. "We don't have that luxury. We continue to have animals come in from the community. We now have fewer places as to where to put those animals."

The shelter said the ward will be closed for nearly two weeks unless other cats are found with the virus, then it could remain closed longer.