CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter will be able to completely clean the site of last week's distemper outbreak once the 20 adoptable dogs that are still at the shelter find a new home, the shelter's director said Wednesday.
Donna Clark said shelter employees have cleaned the building one section at a time but once the space is cleaned, dogs are then placed back in that section so "we can't totally clean the whole space right now."
Once all of the dogs are adopted, everything will be wiped and sprayed down using bleach and water, she said.
The cleanup will be finished in two days but the shelter needs to be empty to clean and dry overnight, she said.
The shelter will be closed for another week, she said, except for the adopt-a-thon hours scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow and until the dogs are gone.
Most of the dogs left available to adopt are older, big dogs, which shouldn't deter people from adopting, Clark said.
The older dogs are the "adult package instead of the puppy" and they don't "chew on everything in the house," Clark said.
The adoption response since Friday -- when nearly 50 dogs were adopted in two days following an outbreak of distemper that was discovered Dec. 19 -- has "slowed down," Clark said.
"I expected it to slow down because everybody is busy with their own lives right now for the holidays," Clark said. "I'm happy that so many have been adopted but I'd like to say zero [were left]. I'd like to say everybody got a home."