Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ringworm dooms 350 animals at York OSPCA

Fuck.

From The Star, OSPCA to euthanize 350 animals at York Region shelter:

Approximately 350 dogs, cats, rats and other small animals – will be put down over the next two or three days after an attempt to contain the fungal infection failed, said the society's chief executive officer Kate MacDonald.

And ...

As police and security guards monitored the scene, allowing only OSPCA personnel through Monday night, MacDonald confirmed Newmarket shelter manager Denise Stephenson was fired 10 days ago. “It was due to protocols breaking down,” she said when asked if Stephenson was fired because of the outbreak. “An outbreak like this is containable when protocols are followed.

And from CBC News, York shelter to euthanize hundreds of animals:

An OSPCA official said the fact that the ringworm had spread to rabbits was of particular concern. The official said it meant the ringworm was jumping to species not normally susceptible to the disease. There was also concern the ringworm could be passed to humans.

And from The Sun, Ringworm forces killing of 350 animals:

OSPCA spokesman Rosaline Ryan told the Sun Monday night that the animals — including 60 dogs — “need to be humanely euthanized,” after ringworm tore through the Woodbine Ave. shelter. Two turtles are the only creatures that won’t be put down, she said.

Continued here.

16 comments:

Michelle said...

I second that - FUCK!

Elizabeth B said...

Ringworm is contagious but also treatable. And yes it can be transferred to people. Still why not try and get these animals into some foster homes to get treated?? Thats what my shelter does when animals have ringworm and it works.

Meaghan Edwards said...

So sad. I hope they change their minds, ringworm is treatable. Too many people freak out about it just because it can be transmitted to people, but it's not dangerous.

Anonymous said...

This is disgusting. How can they possibly justify this when the illness is treatable?

Pibble said...

Seriously? Ringworm, at least when I've seen it in shelters, has been fairly easy to contain, when protocol is followed. Especially in dogs. How did they let it get this far, and how has it NOT spread to humans at this point?

Ringworm doesn't "jump" species, it's carried - usually by a human handler who hasn't changed a smock or gloves or booties, or washed up properly.

What an awful shame.

K said...

It's only ringworm!! It's treatable!!!! ARGH - why the hell do these animals need to be killed? Who the hell thinks decisions like this are okay?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Denise Stephenson wasn't scapegoated in this situation. She may not have been able to follow protocols...you need to look at who she reported to in order to know if she was able to do her job...she may very well have tried.

hopy said...

This comment is on the Star story,

" Go to the Newmarket SPCA at 9am this morning!

OSPCA reps have agreed to meet with volunteers, concerned citizens and the media. If you want to save these animals, please show your support by visiting the OSPCA in Newmarket at 16586 Woodbine Avenue, just south of Mulock. This is a terrible decision by the OSPCA, and hopefully the community support will save these animals!"

Does anyone know whether it's true?

House of the Discarded said...

I feel like we're living in some sort of "Animal Shelter Middle Ages."

selkie said...

Butchers. That's is the only word for them. First, they should quarantine the ones that don't have symptoms, and if they are clear, foster them out (from all reports- tons of people, volunteers, rescues, etc have come forward), second, TREAT them damn it - right this minute, there is a perfectly sanitized, controllable EMPTY SHELTER at the THS- why not move most of them DOWN there with protocols in place!!! Then they can sanitize the newmarket facility and move them back! There is NO excuse - this is a highly treatable condition - in fact many animals sponataneously get over it - but with topical medications and pills, there is NO reason it can't be dealt with!!

hopy said...

jesus christ, i want to throw up.

redstarcafe said...

Get the word out to the MPPs, McGuinty, the mayor, the blogosphere, Facebook. Comment in the media.

Bob Hambley did a "bad cop" but it can't stop there. As selkie pointed out, he has a clean, empty shelter. If he isn't part of the solution, he's part of the problem.

http://redstarcafe.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/the-animals-have-names/

Elizabeth B said...

I shared one of these news ads on facebook and my cousin wrote this.

"Rabbits aren't susceptible?? Please. Lola had ringworm and yes it is a pain to treat (b/c you have to do it over a long period of time) and yes you need to clean like a lunatic for a while to make sure it doesn't reoccur. But euthanizing as the only option? No. And the fear of human contagion is overblown.As my vet said, she's been treating ... See Moreanimals for 30 years, many of whom she handled before knowing they had ringworm. She got a rash once in all that time and all she had to do was put a cream on it. Really sad."

Miz Minka said...

*headdesk*

I'm just speechless. And outraged. WTF?!!!

Erica said...

Motion carries - FUCK is right.

I can't even believe it - so preventable.

Brenda said...

I will never support the OSPCA after reading about what they have done in this matter!