Keep Dogs Away from Park and Beach in Pinellas

LARGO (970 WFLA) -- Two raccoons have been caught with canine distemper at Fort DeSoto. 

Pinellas animal services director Doug Brightwell says other raccoons have been euthanized after showing signs of the disease. 

For now, Brightwell says, you shouldn't take your dogs to Fort DeSoto if they're puppies, older dogs, have weakened immune systems, or haven't had their distemper shots. 

Distemper attacks the nervous system and is often fatal, and even survivors are often left with permanent nerve damage. 

Fort DeSoto has a dog park, a dog beach, and a dog-friendly campground.

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