SALEM Dogs at the Willamette Humane Society in Salem were recently exposed to Canine Influenza.

So far the shelter has seen three suspected cases of the respiratory illness that mimics kennel cough.

It first appeared in a litter of puppies that came to the shelter on Feb. 1. The cases were mild, but on Friday the shelter closed down for the day and imposed a ten-day quarantine.

Canine Influenza is a very rare and unusual disease that's new to dogs. It's only been since 2005, 2006 that there's been any cases known in the United States, said Joan Towers, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society.

The shelter is notifying people who have adopted dogs, and local veterinarians about the disease.

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