The infection can be treated in a number of ways including topical or oral antifungal medications, as well as several over-the-counter medications. Sometimes shampoos are used on animals.Eventually, the decision was made to treat all of the animals. With the exception of some very tiny puppies and their mother, Schieve said, “We have every animal on the preventive.”It’s an expensive operation, though. The medication alone is costing the shelter $800. That figure does not take into account all the extra cleaning supplies including ample stores of bleach and rubber gloves. It also does not account for things like bedding and towels that now need replacement. Schieve acknowledged that the staff has gone above and beyond during the ordeal. “They’ve worked hard.” “It is a nightmare,” Caldwell said. “We’re tired, but we’re getting through it. We’re a pretty close-knit team.” She said they’ve even managed to laugh about it.This is not the first time Madison County has seen this sort of problem. “This is not an uncommon issue. It hits off and on and has for years,” said Dr. Baker. “It’s just the reality of life. Whenever you have a lot of animals together, the potential is there for these kinds of things to rear their ugly heads. ... This is part of it when you deal with animals. It’s not earth shattering.” The Humane Society will assess the situation, and may reopen early next week. In the meantime, the shelter welcomes donations that can be made via Paypal, credit card, or by mailing a check to Madison County Humane Society, 2219 Crystal St., Anderson, IN 46012. Check the Madison County Humane Society Facebook page for more information, visit http://www.petfinder.com/member-pages/IN35, or call 765-644-6484.
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