The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s shelter in Paget has been put under quarantine for two weeks after a fungal outbreak.

The outbreak, which has been contained to a portion of the cat population in the shelter, has prompted staff to contact all animal owners who could have been affected.

“The personal wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and the animals in our care remains as our highest priority,” said Deborah Titterton Narraway, communications manager for the Bermuda SPCA.

“Although we are closed to the public, our phone line 236-7333 remains open; if you are looking to adopt, surrender an animal or have an animal emergency please call and we can guide you through your options.”

As a result of the fungal outbreak only staff and volunteers will be able to enter the shelter and must wear protective clothing.

Cats are being treated and isolated to help control the ringworm infection.

Animals affected have been seen by a vet and are receiving appropriate treatment, a statement from the SPCA confirmed.

“This outbreak is not surprising given that the fungus thrives in hot and humid areas and we have had some uncharacteristic wet weather lately,” said Jodi Corbett, education officer.

“The shelter takes in homeless animals who have been living outdoors and are exposed to these conditions.”

By Simon Jones The Royal Gazette