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PostSubject: Shelter euthanizing pets in ringworm outbreak   Tue 11 May 2010, 5:59 pm

An animal shelter north of Toronto has started euthanizing about 350 animals following an outbreak of ringworm, according to the Ontario SPCA.

A statement on the website of the York Region in Newmarket says that due to the ringworm epidemic, the facility "regrets that is closed to the public until further notice. We are unable to accept animals, and our adoption and foster programs are suspended, also until further notice."

The shelter could not contain the outbreak of the highly contagious fungal infection.

"Approximately 60 [of the animals to be euthanized] are dogs, most all of the rest are cats. There are some rabbits, which also speaks to the fact that it has spread from cats to dogs to rabbits," said Rosyln Ryan, spokeswoman for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

An OSPCA official said the fact the ringworm had spread to the rabbits is of particular concern, because it meant the ringworm was jumping to species not normally susceptible to the disease.

Ryan said the ringworm is "particularly aggressive" and it's "not that common."

There is also concern the ringworm could be passed to humans.

Guards placed at shelter
Kate MacDonald, the OSPCA's chief executive, says the Newmarket branch will undergo a thorough cleansing and an inspection to ensure the ringworm is eradicated before it reopens for adoptions.

In the meantime, security guards are stationed at the shelter, apparently to ensure no one tries to rescue the doomed animals.

MacDonald says the OSPCA does "not take euthanasia lightly" and is "extremely saddened by the situation."

In animals, ringworm causes small patches of hair loss and skin discolouration. Animals begin scratching and break the skin, attempting to get relief.

Veterinarians say an outbreak inside an animal shelter can quickly become unmanageable.

Ryan said shelter staff sought extensive advice and found that euthanizing the animals was the only option.

The final decision was made by OSPCA veterinarians.

"It is heartbreakingly difficult for those front-line workers and volunteers who work with these animals day in and day out. It's a heart-wrenching situation for us all," said Ryan.

OSPCA takes 'easy solution': Toronto society head
Toronto Humane Society president Bob Hambley says, however, that ringworm is treatable and this type of action is unprecedented.

He says the OSPCA is "taking the easy solution," and should consult with outside experts to look at alternatives to save the animals.

Hambley adds in a statement that MacDonald has "failed in her duties to protect animals and should immediately step down."

Hambley's accusation follows an OSPCA raid on the Toronto shelter last November in which five senior managers were charged with animal cruelty.

The dispute between the two sides was settled last month, and the shelter is due to reopen on June 1 with a new slate of directors.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/05/11/ringworm-outbreak.html#socialcomments#ixzz0nf1eyo00

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PostSubject: Re: Shelter euthanizing pets in ringworm outbreak   Wed 12 May 2010, 6:05 pm

Is there anyone in the barrie toronto area that is willing to help foster a mother cat and her baby kittens ?
my rescue is taking in 3 adults with there baby's . my daycare will cover there food , litter and after the mothers are done nursing will cover the spaying .
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PostSubject: Re: Shelter euthanizing pets in ringworm outbreak   Fri 14 May 2010, 1:27 pm

Mini, I think the shelter has put a halt euthanizing the animals in their shelter. A lot of their big time supporters (ie. pet supply stores and other donators) have backed out of supporting them because of this. If they put a halt to euthanizing, get some trailers and begin treating them this way before they are adopted out, it could work. Though I don't believe in pts animals because they have ring worm, I don't believe they should be adopted out until they are treated. They also need more strict quarantine procedures for when new animals are taken in, so lessen the odds of this happening again.
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