Kittens found in sealed container euthanized by shelter
AMHERST – Ten kittens taken to the Moncton SPCA after abandoned on an Amherst doorstep have been euthanized. The kittens were taken to the SPCA in hopes of finding a home.
“We had an outbreak of the panleukopenia virus,” said Karen Nelson, the executive director of the SPCA. “It’s a deadly cat virus.”
Unfortunately, she said all the cats at the shelter were exposed to the virus, including the 10 kittens.
“They became ill,” she said. “On the advice of the vet, we had to euthanize them.”
Nelson said the situation was very hard on the staff.
“But that’s the battle we always fight being a shelter. When we strays come in, we don’t know what they’re bringing in to us,” she said. “We don’t know if they’ve been vaccinated, not vaccinated or what they’ve been exposed to.”
Cheryl La Rocque, who found the kittens and brought them to the shelter was devastated to learn about the euthanization.
“The Moncton SPCA) had a place where they could go. They had an amazing set up for kittens. I was advised by numerous people that this would be the best outcome for them. It looked like everything was going to be fine,” said La Rocque. “If I had known about the panleukopenia virus, I wouldn’t have taken them there. But I did not know. I am extremely upset.”
La Rocque said she had hoped there would have been a way to test them in order to prevent the euthanization of the kittens.
It is uncertain how the cats and kittens at the shelter became exposed to the virus, Nelson said. All the cats at the shelter are vaccinated as they come into the shelter. She said some of the cats, or kittens, could have already had the virus upon vaccination, as the vaccine cannot protect an animal who has already been infected. But nothing is certain.
The best protection a cat can have, Nelson said, is to be vaccinated against the virus and be given their booster shots on a regular basis.