A veterinary hospital in the Gulf Coast state of Louisiana has closed for good after a lack of veterinary beds and staff.
The Lake Charles-Bath County Regional Medical Center closed Sunday after a staff member and two other patients died, according to the Louisiana State Veterinarian-General’s Office.
The facility is located in the town of Bogue Chouteau, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.
The state’s emergency manager said he is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to find a replacement facility.
The hospital has been at the center of a series of health and safety problems that prompted the governor to issue an emergency order banning the use of animals for medical procedures.
It also forced the closure of several veterinary hospitals in the state, including the Baton Rouge-based St. Bernard Veterinary Hospital, which has been closed since April and a facility in the tiny town of Port Arthur.
In March, Louisiana became the first state to enact a law banning the medical use of dolphins and other marine mammals in the United States.
The law, which took effect April 1, has since been challenged in court.