T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter (KMAN file photo)

Manhattan’s T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter is closed until further notice after an employee there recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee tested positive Wednesday and the city is notifying close contacts. Anyone who visited the shelter Tuesday is advised to monitor for symptoms and consult the Riley County Health Department of a physician if they become symptomatic.

Shelter Director Bryce Caulk says as a result, the shelter won’t be accepting adoptions or surrenders at this time, but will keep staffing the shelter to ensure animals are properly cared for. The goal is to reopen the shelter the first week of January, if it can be staffed safely and appropriately.

To report a problem or request assistance with an animal control issue, call RCPD at 785-537-2112 and to report an emergency dial 911.

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