DES MOINES — A canine illness has been traced back to a commercial breeding facility from Marion County.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed a case of Canine Brucellosis in Central Iowa. The dog came from Double G. Kennels, a small dog commercial breeding facility near Knoxville.

The business has caught headlines before, appearing on the Humane Society’s “Horrible 100” list in 2018, and in other recent years.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs. Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing.

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can affect dogs and other species of animals. It is also a zoonotic disease, meaning an infected animal can transmit it to humans. The threat to most pet owners is considered very low. Dog breeders, veterinary staff and anyone who comes in contact with a positive or suspect dog may be at higher risk. These individuals should take appropriate precautions when handling these animals. If individuals have human health concerns, they should consult their physician or the Iowa Department of Public Health.

If pet owners have recently acquired a new, small dog from Double G Kennels, they should contact their veterinarian.