EDISON, NJ - The township's animal shelter will be temporarily closed for remediation – and its dogs and cats quarantined for treatment – after an inspection found ringworm, a fungal infection, on some pets. 

Located at the Municipal Complex, the Edison Animal Shelter serves Metuchen, Piscataway, Dunellen, Scotch Plains, and Edison.

 “We took swift action to close the animal shelter and to begin cleanup procedures. Our first priority was to protect our six-person staff, 87 volunteers and the public, and to treat the animals being cared for there,” Edison Business Administrator Maureen Ruane said.

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Ruane ordered the animal shelter closed Thursday (Sept. 17) after an inspection by the Middlesex County Health Department and the New Brunswick-based Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) found symptoms of ringworm. Edison has hired a licensed remediation firm on an emergency basis to clean up the Animal Shelter and veterinarians already under contract to the township will treat the 13 dogs and 31 cats and kittens now quarantined on site, Ruane said.

The animal shelter may be closed for up to a week, unless remediation and treatment can be completed sooner. New intakes of dogs and cats for the Edison Animal Shelter will be temporarily housed at the Woodbridge Animal Shelter in Sewaren.

Ringworm is a common fungal infection that derives its name from the round, red scaly patches it causes on skin of animals and humans. Cats are typically more susceptible to ringworm than dogs, but both can transmit the infection to humans through contact such as petting or grooming.