PSPCA assists investigation into deadly infection at Philly animal shelter

Shara Dae Howard
May 19, 2019 - 7:57 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  The Pennsylvania SPCA says they are assisting the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, as they investigate the cause of a deadly upper respiratory infection.

“It really was just a matter of time before there was a challenge,” said Nicole Wilson with the PSPCA.

Wilson is heading the effort to redirect surrendered dogs and strays from ACCT to the PSPCA.

“So, what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to divert a number of stray dogs and owner surrendered dogs that would otherwise end up at the city shelter to the PSPCA in an effort to reduce the burden on the city shelter while they get past the challenges of this upper respiratory infection,” she said.

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Wilson says the biggest challenge for the city shelter is not just about resources, it's also basic housing.

They really don’t have the facilities to properly segregate animals that are quarantined, that need to be quarantined. In other words, if you look at their shelter it’s basically one big warehouse,” she said.

 Wilson says if you have found a healthy stray you can contact the PSPCA, but if you are surrendering a dog to hold off for two week so the city shelter can catch up.