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story.lead_photo.caption In this 2017 file photo, Shadow, a male domestic shorthair cat, awaits adoption at Texarkana's Animal Care and Adoption Center. Photo by Evan Lewis / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The Animal Care and Adoption Center will reopen to the public Tuesday, a week after an outbreak of flu among staff caused a temporary closure.

"This flu has been rough, and I would like to give my shelter staff a huge thank you for being dedicated this week to the animals in our care while we have all been sick. Also thank you to the community for being so understanding and supportive during this time," Interim Director Kayla Tucker stated in a Facebook post Thursday.

Until the reopening Tuesday, animal control officers will continue to pick up strays but the shelter will not accept surrendered animals. During the closure, staff have cared for the animals held in the shelter and worked to disinfect the premises.

For more information, call the Animal Care and Adoption Center at 870-773-6388.

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