Southern Pines Animal Shelter reopened its doors

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — Before Southern Pines Animal Shelter reopened its doors, officials say the facility had to euthanize more than 100 animals to ensure community safety.

The Hattiesburg American Reports the shelter had been temporarily shut down for nearly a month due to an outbreak of canine distemper. Board members said it may have been introduced through a surrendered dog. That dog was among those put down.

The shelter reopened last week.

Officials say Southern Pines handles 8,000 to 10,000 animals annually.