Fungus shuts down pet facility

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CORONADO, Calif. – Animals were quarantined at a Coronado animal facility due to a contagious fungus that wouldn’t go away, authorities said Tuesday.

Foster homes for the animals are needed to help save dozens or dogs and cats, who are currently isolated at the Coronado Animal Care Facility, Coronado police commander Laszlo Waczek said. The facility can’t be properly sanitize until the animals are removed.

A ringworm outbreak in September infected animals and staff, eventually causing the animals were quarantined, said police, who run the facility.

“We put the animal care facility on quarantine and tried to treat the animals best we could.  After 30 days, we re-tested the animals and didn’t find any significant improvements,” said Waczek.

Ringworm is a fungus that can infect the skin, hair and nails.  Of the 21 cats and nine dogs at the facility, about half are infected.

 “It’s just best for the animal – one-on-one – if they can get the care.  It’s just tough when you’re dealing with multiple animals. Especially in a facility that has new animals coming in, people coming and going,” said Waczek.

The deadline to get the animals new homes is November 18.  Paws of Coronado, an animal rescue group, is taking on the challenge.

“The guarantee I can give is that this organization will take care of the animals and do everything within its power to place them in either foster homes or permanent homes where they’ll be safe and well cared for,” said Paws of Coronado board member Irv Kass.




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