Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This Did Not Need To Happen

As many of you now know, an outbreak of ringworm resulted in the mass euthanasia of an estimated over 300 small animals, cats and dogs at the OSPCA York Region branch in Newmarket. We should not condemn the many volunteers and medical staff at the branch, as though they indeed hold some responsibility, they are performing their jobs, and are doing so AT THE REQUEST of the OSPCA. I am sure it is breaking their hearts. Until further investigation, none of of can really speculate as to just how bad this outbreak was, and how much of a danger it posed to the staff and animals. What we can question however, is HOW THIS SITUATION WAS ALLOWED TO PROGRESS THIS FAR.  Last time I checked, cases of ringworm are not overly common and are easily treated and cured. How was it that a few conditions went unmonitored resulting in mass spreading? To members of the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA who will undoubtedly point fingers at each other, I feel I can speak for most of us when I say that enough is enough. Placing blame is not going to provide any solution to preventing such a horrific event from reoccurring. More importantly, placing blame is not going to bring these poor souls back, as it is now to late. It is time for Kate Macdonald to answer some simple questions, though as of yet she has remained silent. To all animal lovers, I am pleading with you to take just a small portion of time to email the OSPCA directly and demand not only an explanation, but a proposed solution that will ensure such a tragedy does not happen again.

*** Let CEO Kate Macdonald know how you feel at  abuonaiuto@ospca.on.ca