LAWRENCE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County animal shelter closed abruptly after several dogs came down with a mysterious illness.
Over the last two weeks, dogs at the shelter have been getting very ill, very rapidly. One dog died. They showed symptoms of coughing, sneezing, and runny noses. It's described as some kind of serious upper respiratory illness. Workers report the animals were happy and playful one day, and extremely sick the next.
The shelter is working with UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine to try to figure out what's causing the illness. Testing should take about four days.