While October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month, there will be no adoptions for the time being at the overcrowded Brookhaven Animal Shelter on Long Island following the outbreak of ringworm.
“We are carefully monitoring conditions at the shelter to make sure the ringworm has been contained before we reopen it,” stated Brookhaven Town Commissioner Peter O’Leary, responsible for closing the shelter. “It’s very contagious, not only to animals, but to humans as well.”
Sadly, 25-30 cats had to be euthanized after being diagnosed with the parasites between June and July when treatment failed. Three dogs were also diagnosed.
“It is not unusual for a shelter with stray cats and dogs to have a situation with ringworm. It can gain a foothold quickly, but that does not necessarily mean that they are being given poor care,” added Joe Morrissey, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which inspects municipal shelters for veterinarian services and cleanliness.
The Brookhaven Animal Shelter, however, has remained beleaguered trying to deal with severe overcrowding. Although it was build to house only about 80 dogs and 30 cats, the facility’s population of pets in need of new homes currently stands at 209 dogs and 69 cats. In addition, a search is now being conducted to find a new director (its 4th this year alone).
In the meantime, Zani’s Furry Friends has sent out an emergency appeal to find a new home for Selene, a 3-year old Staffordshire terrior/bulldog mix, whose 31-year old owner, Joe Ouellette III of Leicester, MA died suddenly in his sleep last month.
Selene is described as an “amazing dog and so loyal and loving, a real people-pleaser,” by caretakers at Canine Counsel Dog Training in Medford (Long Island), where she is staying until she can find a new family.
Selene had previously been rescued from death row at the Animal Care & Control Center in Manhattan in 2011. She had a great life with Ouellette and deserves to have one again. Anyone interested in adopting her can contact Vallie Koren adoption coordinator for Zani’s Furry Friends by e-mailing her at email@example.com.