FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RINGWORM PRESENT IN CATS AT ACAPL
Ashtabula County Animal Protective League
5970 Green Road
Kingsville, OH 44004
Kingsville, OH, Monday, 13 November 2017 – It has been determined, through diagnostic testing, that several cats at the ACAPL have tested positive for dermatophytosis (“ringworm”). “Ringworm” is a fungus that is found on the skin’s surface and results in a rash. Because “ringworm” is zoonotic – meaning that humans can be infected – the ACAPL will place the areas in which cats are held in “shut down” and no visitors will be permitted to these areas. All cat adoptions, other than those who have been in foster care or at the Madison PetValu store, will be on hold until the cats have been evaluated and treated. Furthermore, all cat surrenders will continue to be “on hold” and the ACAPL will not accept any cats from the public. The completion of treatment and cleaning protocol for addressing “ringworm” in shelters will take no less than 6 weeks and may take longer. As information about the “ringworm” situation becomes available, the ACAPL will continue to make public announcements to keep the community informed.
About the ACAPL
The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides temporary housing for lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats in Ashtabula County with the goal of reuniting the lost pet with its owner and adopting the abandoned and unwanted into loving homes. Additionally, the ACAPL promotes responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter.
The Animal Welfare Director, Tammy Dondorfer, or the President of the Board of Directors, Tammy Koestner, are available for interviews regarding “ringworm” at the ACAPL and the steps being taken to remedy the situation.
Tammy Dondorfer, Animal Welfare Director
Tammy Koestner, Board President