2 Wisconsin Humane Society dogs euthanized for strep zoo

SAUKVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin Humane Society has stopped accepting dogs from the public and is transferring animals to other shelters while investigating the source of a bacteria that caused staff to euthanize two dogs.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the dogs were euthanized Wednesday after testing positive for ``strep zoo'' at the humane society's Ozaukee campus. One of the dogs was at the Milwaukee campus before being transferred to Ozaukee. Authorities are encouraging people to wait to surrender dogs or to take them to Racine or Green Bay.

The respiratory illness can cause coughing, nasal discharge, vomiting, labored breathing and coughing blood. It's spread through the air, bodily fluids and contaminated surfaces. The illness can't be prevented with a vaccine, but can be treated with antibiotics if it's caught early.

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