UPDATE: County animal shelter temporarily closed

Posted at 1:29 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 06:42:45-04

Ingham County Animal Control is temporarily closed due to medical precautions.

FOX 47 reported last week there were three cases of ringworm in dogs at the shelter, and adoptions were halted to ensure the safety of the animals and of people wanting to adopt an animal.

The shelter reported that five cat cases were also being treated.

The shelter has open cat rooms for adoptable pets which has left a possibility of multiple cats exposed.

The shelter needed to close down to do the proper cleaning and sanitizing necessary and couldn't receive any animals from the public during that time.

As of Tuesday, the shelter is reporting that all of the animals at the shelter have received their first-round of treatments by trained staff, and secondary treatments will be performed in the coming days.

Also, veterinary staff will be examining animals prior to their being available for adoption.

The shelter is now open to the public for limited services like dog licensing and searches from the public looking for a missing pet.

Shelter officials expect a return to regular operations for cats on Oct. 1.

If you have recently adopted a pet from the shelter that has been diagnosed with ringworm, you can contact the shelter for medical assistance.

Also, a planned adoption event for this weekend at Joeys Pet Outfitters in Williamston will be rescheduled.

“Ringworm of the body is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of your skin. It's characterized by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. It may itch. Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance. No actual worm is involved,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Assistance from the public for dry dog and cat food and clean towels for sanitation are greatly needed and appreciated. For further information regarding shelter activities, visit the shelter's website.