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Temporary tent helps house stray dogs

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Dozens of stray dogs are finding new digs under a massive tent in Lakeland.

The SPCA Florida put up the 7,000 square foot tent to help out Hillsborough County Animal Services during their shelter quarantine.

Last week, HCAS decided to stop taking in or letting out dogs after a flu-like virus spread across their kennels.

"It's just like the flu. The difference is it has an increased chance of turning into pneumonia," HCAS Director Ian Hallett said Wednesday.

The SPCA Florida decided to partner with HCAS so strays wouldn't have to stay on the streets during the quarantine. Their tent is lined with kennels, and staffed by SPCA vets.

"We are able to hold about 100 animals at this facility at this time, and we're probably going to be doing this for the next five to seven days," SPCA Florida's Adam Lamb said Wednesday.

Blankets and heaters were brought in Wednesday night, to help keep the tent's 24 visitors toasty through the evening.

"We're just glad that we're able to provide them a safe haven and warmth and food and water," Lamb said.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough County Animal Services says all of their 220 quarantined dogs are recovered, or well into the process. They plan to end the quarantine by Friday, and reopen adoptions on Saturday.

The SPCA Florida plans to hold a separate adoption event for the dogs under their tent, if they're not claimed by owners.

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