Saturday, June 12, 2010

YORK REGION RINGWORK OUTBREAK UPDATES & INFORMATION

Press Release
http://www.ontariospca.ca/press_releases/2010/york-region-ringworm.html

June 6, 2010
Appointment of Investigator
"As mentioned a few weeks ago, an external investigation on the ringworm outbreak will be conducted. The Ontario SPCA takes its responsibilities as a public trust and the governing body of animal-care regulations very seriously. It's board chair, Rob Godfrey continues to take the steps he said he would regarding the appointment of an arm's-length investigator who will examine the protocols and procedures, and determine whether they were breached. This investigator will also examine all aspects of the handling of the outbreak by Ontario SPCA staff. The investigator will have unfettered access to all Ontario SPCA staff, volunteers and management, as well as anyone that was consulted regarding the ringworm outbreak. The investigator will report to the Ontario SPCA board upon completion of their probe. As board chairman, Mr. Godfrey pledged to make the investigator's report public at the earliest opportunity, and immediately undertake the appropriate actions necessary to prevent a similar crisis from occurring in the future."

May 13, 2010
Update from the York Region Shelter

"We hope that this sad episode will be over soon. We know this is an upsetting situation for animal lovers. But if something good can come out of it, it will be that we are more knowledgeable about these outbreaks so that we don't have to resort to these actions ever again. We hope the public will understand and work with us to put this in the past."

These are the facts:
- 99 animals have been humanely Euthanized to date.
- 96 animals have been fostered out to other accredited agencies, clinics, shelters and institutions capable of caring for them in isolation from other animals.
- 15 animals have been stolen.
- 15 animals who are not affected by the outbreak are in isolation in a portable structure on the site.
- 23 dogs and 91 cats need to be tested further. We are seeking temporary shelter for these animals for up to a month.
For more information contact
Rosaline Ryan
Director, Marketing and Communications
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(416) 428-9886 Mobile

Alison Cross
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Mobile: 905.853.2108
Email: across@ospca.on.ca

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