– 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.
Rob Godfrey, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA), announced that an independent investigator will examine the ringworm outbreak at the Ontario SPCA’s York Region Shelter will be appointed by Friday May 28, 2010.
The report, when complete, will be made available to the public.
As mentioned last week, an independent investigator will carefully examine all of the issues around the ringworm outbreak, and their report will be released to the public. More information on this investigation will be provided May 28, 2010, as promised by Rob Godfrey, Chair, Ontario SPCA.
The York Region facility is currently being cleaned and disinfected so that it can get back to work treating sick and vulnerable animals and preparing them for adoption into loving homes.
An external investigator is being appointed to examine the ringworm outbreak that occurred in the York Region Branch of the Ontario SPCA.
A short-list of candidates, qualified to conduct an investigation of this type, was provided by University of Guelph, home to the Ontario Veterinary College.
Due to the candidates’ availability we have not been able to discuss the terms of engagement for the investigation. Early next week we will be in a position to do so. We will then announce the candidate and the date the investigation will begin.
The Ontario SPCA does not have a date set for the re-opening of the York Branch. […] While the shelter is closed we are taking the opportunity to do some much needed renovations to the facility.
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.
May 14: The public can rest assured, an independent investigator into the ringworm killings will be appointed by May 28.
May 19: We really promise. May 28 is THE DAY. Meantime, we’re cleaning the place up so we can re-open.
May 28: OK, we know it’s the 28th but we don’t have our act together. We’re working on it though – just give us another week and we’ll get that independent investigator named.
June 6: We decided to go ahead and do some renovations while we’ve got the place closed. No clue as to when we might re-open or what we might think up next in order to extend the closure.
Also, quit nagging us about the independent investigator thing. We never said we’d have anyone appointed by May 28th – where did you even hear that? We promised we’d type about it and we’re keeping our word on that.
June 7 – present: [insert tumbleweed, wolf howling]
Does anyone know where the 23 dogs and 91 cats that were supposed to be tested further and sheltered elsewhere “for up to a month” are now? Any word on how 15 pets got “stolen”?