ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Humane Society of Missouri will begin vaccinating dogs in its care against the canine flu virus thanks to a donation from a New Jersey health care company.
The Humane Society plans to begin the vaccinations Thursday on more than 500 dogs it is housing at a temporary shelter. The dogs, mostly pit bull terriers, were rescued in July in the nation's largest dogfighting raid.
Other dogs in the Humane Society's care also will get the vaccine.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health of Kenilworth, N.J., donated 1,275 doses of the vaccine. The vaccinations are being done as a precaution.
Canine influenza virus was first detected in 2004 and spreads easily. Most dogs have no immunity, and the virus can spread rapidly where dogs congregate.
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