Ringworm outbreak shuts down Coastal Humane Society

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - An outbreak of Ringworm among some puppies has forced the Coastal Humane Society to shutdown it's shelter in Brunswick for the next month.

The puppies affected were brought here from Alabama where they likely would have been euthanized.

None of the shelter's animals can be adopted out until the shelter reopens and no new animals can be taken in.

Officials say it's unlikely any of those other animals have been impacted by the infected dogs. The five puppies infected with Ringworm have been isolated from the rest of the animal population. They are quarantined in a separate air conditioned building in back. The shelter's veterinarian and operations director say the good news is the problem was identified quickly and steps were taken to protect the other animals and treat the puppies.

"We will actually be able to treat them until we cure the ringworm and then we'll be able to find the right loving homes for all five of those puppies", said Dr. Mandie Wehr.

While the shelter is officially closed to the public, people are still allowed to drop off donations in the lobby of the building on Range Road in Brunswick.


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