Kamloops SPCA on lockdown in wake of ringworm outbreak
Parts of the Kamloops branch of the SPCA are closed to the public due to an outbreak of ringworm.
The closing has affected the area that houses cats and small animals. The area housing dogs is still open for adoptions.
“Unfortunately, cases of ringworm are inevitable and, when diseases occur in the community, they are brought into the shelter through abandoned and surrendered animals,” said Dr. James Lawson, chief animal health officer for the BC SPCA.
“It is especially challenging for shelters at this time of year because we receive so many abandoned and surrendered kittens who are particularly susceptible to ringworm.”
Lawson said the affected animals are being treated at the shelter and it should reopen soon.
“We’ll reopen the other sections as quickly as possible, but it is important that we take every precaution to ensure other animals are not exposed.”