Disease temporarily closes Delco SPCA, reward grows in dog killing case

My colleague Mari Schaefer reports that the Delaware County SPCA has been temporarily closed because of a disease outbreak:

Officials say the shelter, located in Media, is closed until November 6, to combat a ringworm outbreak.

The common fungal infection of the skin was brought into the shelter by cats from Upper Darby and dogs from Chester, said Justina Calgiano, shelter spokesperson.

All animals in the shelter are being treated as a precaution. A few animals, who had compromised immune systems, were euthanized, she said. The shelter is getting scrubbed down from top to bottom multiple times a day to prevent further spread.

“It sounds scary but it is very common for shelters to get this,” said Calgiano. Two staff members who were in constant contact with the infected animals are also being treated. “We halted adoptions as soon as we saw it was bigger than anticipated.”

The shelter is alerting owners who recently adopted pets they will provide treatment if their animals begins to show signs of an infection, she said. Ringworm can be transmitted to humans so pet owners should be aware of symptoms and take precautions such as cleaning with bleach. This article addresses ringworm in cats but the information is relevant to dog owners as well.

In other news, the Pennsylvania SPCA reports more remains of the mutilated husky dog found on a woman's porch on Byberry Rd. have been found at another location and the reward in this shocking animal cruelty case has grown.

The PSPCA said on October 26 officers discovered additional remains of the husky by the railroad tracks located near the intersection of Bustleton and Haldeman Avenues, Philadelphia. The body of the deceased dog was taken to the PSPCA headquarters for further forensic examination. Based upon the current findings of the investigation, it is believed that the dog was either deceased or unconscious at the time it was placed upon the tracks to be struck by the train, officials said. Earlier this week the head and paws of the dog were found by a woman outside her home.

The reward for information leading to a conviction in this case is now $4,000, the PSPCA said. 

Tips can be made 24 hours a day by calling the Pennsylvania SPCA’s anti-cruelty hotline at 866.601.SPCA (7722).