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KMID : 0359320090490040297
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research
2009 Volume.49 No. 4 p.297 ~ p.307
The disease status of stray dogs admitted to an animal shelter in Gwangju, Korea
Myung Bo-Young

Lee Yu-Kyung
Paik Il-Youp
Lim Sun
Suh Guk-Hyun
Kang Seong-Soo
Shin Sung-Shik
Chung Gyung-Min
Abstract
Animal shelters are potentially vulnerable to constant exposure to a variety of diseases for both animals and humans, because thousands of animals with unknown histories are being admitted to each shelter on a yearly basis in Korea. The control of disease spread, therefore, can be a major challenge to veterinarians in most shelters. This study investigated the health status of stray dogs admitted to the Gwangju Animal Shelter during the year of 2008, and analyzed types of disorders at the time of admission as well as newly acquired diseases while housed in the shelter. Canine heartworm disease was the most prevalent infection among stray dogs at the time of admission, while the respiratory disorder was the most common shelter-acquired disease. The majority of dogs (93.5%) was either small or middle-sized breeds with Maltese (19.7%) and Shih Tzu (16.0%) being the most commonly found stray dogs. Out of 1,143 dogs admitted to the shelter, owners of 128 dogs (11.2%) visited the shelter and found their lost dogs, while 518 dogs (45.3%) were adopted to new families. Results of this study strongly indicate that stray dogs in Korea are exposed to a variety of diseases and the disease control by veterinarians is one of the most important aspects of the shelter management.
KEYWORD
animal shelter management, Gwangju, Korea, stray dog diseases
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