Lexington Humane Society scheduled to reopen Saturday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- The Lexington Humane Society says they are ready and prepared to reopen their doors on Saturday.

The Lexington Humane Society's doors have been shut for nearly two weeks while employees cleaned and treated hundreds of animals that may have been in contact with "strep zoo." Employees at the center say the infection cost them between $17 and 20 thousand dollars in treatment costs and $50 thousand in revenue. Four dogs died in the outbreak.

On Friday they made the announcement they would reopen on Saturday. They originally had not planned to reopen until the following Monday.

"Everything that we've been doing, making sure all of the animals are healthy and happy, and the facility is as clean as it's ever been, we did not want to miss out on the opportunity to open the weekend before Christmas," Manager Ashley Hammonds told WKYT.

The halting of adoptions has meant the Humane Society is at capacity with animals and needing to find homes for the hundreds in the facility.

"We have over 150 animals right now looking for forever homes and we have 100 more waiting to come down to the floor once we adopt out more animals," says Hammond. "We can bring them down and help them find their forever homes as well."

Hammonds says that no potential adopters should be worried about the infection.

"We have done testing and swabs around the facility and swabs of our animals and set those off for testing and everything is negative for strep zoo. So, we are very excited to be able to open on Saturday."

The Humane Society wants to remind potential adopters that animals can also be adopted at their Hamburg location in PetsMart.