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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Protesters gathered at a Newmarket animal shelter Wednesday, outraged over its decision to euthanize hundreds of animals with ringworm.
The epidemic prompted the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to make the controversial decision to euthanize all 350 dogs, cats and small animals at its now-closed shelter. But the board later decided some would be spared.
Staff began the euthanasia program Tuesday, which sparked anger among volunteers and animal lovers across the GTA who are questioning why the potential pets couldn’t be placed in foster homes for treatment. Despite calls to Queen’s Park to save the animals, Premier Dalton McGuinty said he won’t intervene.
“I feel like there really isn’t anything we can do standing here except for get the word out and get people down here. If we can enough people, maybe they’ll listen,” said protester Kim Jinou.
Another protester, identified only as Dave, was arrested and charged with trespassing when he snuck onto the compound twice and shot video of one of the animals.
“This is wrong and people start need to start standing up,” he said.
As many as 50 animals have been saved because they have been found to be ringworm-free. The disease is treatable, but OSPCA spokeswoman Rosaline Ryan said in the shelter environment it’s very hard to control.
OSPCA officials said the situation also became a health concern for humans after six staff members contracted the parasitic skin fungus.
Extra security was brought in Wednesday to monitor activity around the shelter in the form of York Regional Police officers after the OSPCA received death threats. Private security guards are also watching over the shelter.
**Taken from cbc