Bastrop County Animal Shelter delays re-opening

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — It’ll be at least two more weeks before the Bastrop County Animal Shelter opens back up again. They were supposed to re-open Monday after an outbreak of distemper caused the shelter to close its doors last month.

KXAN has learned even more dogs have had to be put down which has caused the delay.

Ever since the outbreak, Ariel Tinsley has devoted much of her time to the Bastrop County Animal Shelter. “We have been here for 10 hours a day…7 days a week,” she said. “We’ve had people come back from vacation to be here.”

Shortly after Tinsley started volunteering last month dozens of dogs became sick with distemper, some of them with fevers as high as 103 degrees. A total of 44 dogs have had to be euthanized since last month.

“What we’re doing is testing each animals antibodies for distemper and that will categorize them as low, medium or high risk,” said Erica Thompson, the shelter’s director.

Thompson said out of 100 infected dogs only 25 percent of them are still considered high risk. She hopes people will learn from this and vaccinate their dogs. It costs as little as $7 dollars. “Maybe that $7 dollars would protect the animal and if that animal ever ended up here it could protect hundreds of other animals and prevent some needless euthanasia shelters,” said Thompson

The shelter plans to reopen July 29 but in the meantime you can still adopt a cat or dog. If you see one you like, you just need to call the shelter for more details. Click here to see the dogs and cats up for adoption. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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