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Ringworm scare as SPCA prepares for large fundraiser

Kittens were treated for possible ringworm infections this weekend at the local SPCA branch
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September 04, 2014 - 10:33 AM

KAMLOOPS - This past weekend the local SPCA shelter had to once again shut its doors as staff dealt with what they believed could be another case of ringworm.

Lime Plus baths, containing sulfur, were given to the kitten believed to have the skin infection as well as its litter mates, and shelter staff now believe it has been contained.

“We have not seen any further signs of ringworm at this time,” branch manager Charleen Holloway says. “We are hoping to have early results by Saturday.”

At the beginning of November the shelter had to close their doors because more than two-thirds of the animals in the shelter had a ringworm infection. It took five weeks and thousands of dollars in treatment before the shelter was able to even partially reopen.

The local shelter is using this latest case as a reason why fundraisers such as the Paws for a Cause are so important.

“The walk is to raise awareness of animal cruelty and the effects our actions can have on animals,” Holloway says. “Animals that are not cared for and left in situations that promote health issues such as ringworm is irresponsible. The importance of spay and neutering cannot be stressed enough.”

The Paws for a Cause walk takes place this Sunday, Sept. 7 at Pioneer Park. The goal is to raise $20,000 again this year. The walk is the second largest annual fundraiser for the shelter.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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