After several reported cases of distemper among dogs this summer, Louisville Metro Animal Services officials are taking action on disease control.

LMAS Director Justin Scally has been on the job two weeks. In a statement issued today he attributes the higher rate of distemper to owners who skimp on pet vaccinations in order to save money.

Daily disinfection and scrubbing are now part of the standard operating procedure at the Manslick Road and Animal House facilities. But Scally says that isn’t enough. To truly fight widespread infections, pet owners must stay current on all vaccinations.

The statement also announced that LMAS will continue to offer discounted adoption rates for the rest of the month.