Niagara County SPCA

5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Niagara County SPCA appoints ‘Peace Officer’ to combat animal cruelty

Niagara County SPCA Shelter Manager Lauren Zaninovich was appointed to work at the Niagara County SPCA's new Peace Officer.
Credit Niagara County SPCA

The Niagara County SPCA has appointed a Peace Officer to help combat animal cruelty. The agent will fill a position that has been vacant due to budget constraints for two years.

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4:52 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

SPCA ceasing animal control services for Niagara Falls

The Niagara County SPCA has made the decision to cease non-emergency animal control services to the City of Niagara Falls, effective July 15. 

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10:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Teeming Niagara SPCA issues call for adoptions

The Niagara County SPCA says it is "bursting at the seams" with animals who need homes.

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9:09 am
Thu May 23, 2013

One year later, Niagara County SPCA turnaround

Erie County SPCA director Barbara Carr
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The Niagara County SPCA in Wheatfield has made a 180-degree turnaround following last year's disturbing findings according to Barbara Carr, director of the SPCA of Erie County.

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12:05 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Dozens of cats found in filthy Somerset home

The Niagara County SPCA is investigating an apparent animal hoarding case in the town of Somerset.

Between 50 and 100 cats have been found living in a dilapidated home at 8681 Lake Road, where conditions are being described as "deplorable."

Many of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory syndrome and flea-induced anemia. Feces piles are described as being two to three foot high in some rooms. The SPCA officer on duty says it appears that caretakers visit only about every two weeks.

The officer describes the run-down house as unfit for anything to live in.

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3:34 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Lewis named director of Niagara County SPCA

Amy Lewis will run the troubled Niagara County SPCA for at least the next year.
photo provided by Niagara County SPCA

The woman serving as interim leader of the Niagara County SPCA has become the permanent leader.   Amy Lewis stepped in nearly six months ago when a scathing report of high and unnecessary euthanizations was revealed.

The scandal-plagued Niagara County SPCA continues taking steps toward rehabilitating its image. 

The shelter's board Monday announced Amy Lewis, who's been serving as interim executive director since February, has accepted the permanent post. 

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4:55 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

"Horrific" conditions at Wyoming County SPCA

Wyoming County SPCA
Google photo

Deplorable and horrific are words used by those who took part in the raid at the Wyoming County SPCA in Attica.

Armed with search warrants Wednesday, State Police and the Erie County SPCA began conducting the raid.

 State Police Major Christopher Cummings says they responded to complaints of overcrowding and abuse at the facility.

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9:36 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Niagara County SPCA has new interim leader

Report on Niagara County SPCA
WBFO News file photo

A seven year veteran employee of the Erie County SPCA has been named as the interim Director of the Niagara County SPCA. 

Amy Lewis will take over operations at the troubled facility beginning next week. 

Attorney Paul Cambria, who is acting as an advisor at the Niagara County agency, says Lewis is an ideal candidate.

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9:51 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Niagara County SPCA's Board of Directors reversed hiring decision

WBFO News photo

The Niagara County SPCA's Board of Directors has reversed its decision to hire Dr. Grant Hobika to lead the troubled shelter. 

Hobika was named the agency's new leader on the first of this month, but published reports of alleged mistreatment at his private practice raised immediate concerns. 

Attorney Paul Cambria is serving as an advisor to the Board.  Cambria said that while none of the allegations against Hobika were validated, it was still best for the shelter to remove him from the position.

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10:04 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Niagara County SPCA taking steps to restoring its integrity

The Niagara County SPCA has taken another step toward restoring the agency's integrity.  Following the removal of Executive Director John Faso, the Board of Directors has named Dr. Grant Hobika as it's temporary leader. 

Dr. Hobika has a Lewiston based small-animal practice and will be in charge of all veterinary care at the Niagara County SPCA. 

Faso was fired after an investigation uncovered the inhumane treatment of animals. 

Local attorney Paul Cambria is serving as an advisor to the agency's Board.

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4:22 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Niagara County SPCA executive director ousted

WBFO News photo

Niagara County SPCA executive director John Faso was fired by the board of directors Monday afternoon. 

Faso had been embattled for the alleged neglect and euthanasia practices of animals at the facility in Niagara County.   The agency's Board of Directors voted to remove Faso from his role days after a disturbing report detailed inhumane practices at the shelter. 

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2:21 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Disturbing findings revealed in report on the Niagara County SPCA

Some very disturbing and stunning findings were revealed in a report released Friday morning on the Niagara County SPCA and its care of animals.

The leader of the the SPCA of Erie County issued her report on the investigation into the Niagara County SPCA. 

The 116 page report revealed some startling information on the death of cats and dogs at the Niagara County facility that has been under fire over the last couple of months involving allegations of a high rate of euthanizations.  

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5:00 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Press Pass: Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch explores SPCA controversy

Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch with WBFO's Mark
WBFO News photo

The SPCA in Niagara County is under fire for allegations that the agency has euthanized too many healthy animals in recent months.  Erie County's SPCA has launched an investigation. 

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch tells WBFO's Mark Scott that this story seemed to come out of nowhere.

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10:05 am
Wed January 11, 2012

SPCA of Niagara passes surprise inspection

The New York State Department of Agriculture conducted a surprise inspection this past Friday of the Niagara County SPCA. 

The agency scored positively on 18 of 19 inspection points.  The lone check-mark was in the area of euthanazations. 

The Department of Agriculture cited three cases where injured dogs were put down prior to the end of the redemption period -- that's the length of time an animal must be held for possible adoption. 

There were also no records of veterinary exams for the animals on file to show that the euthanizations were warranted.

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11:45 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Wheatfield supervisor wants independent probe of Niagara County SPCA

Protest outside Niagara County SPCA
Photo from Morgan Dunbar's Facebook page

 The Town of Wheatfield supervisor weighed in Monday night into the probe of the SPCA of Niagara.  Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe told a board meeting that he would "prefer" an independent investigation surrounding recent allegations of hundreds of euthanized animals at the Niagara County SPCA.

The SPCA of Erie County is launching an investigation into the allegations.  But Cliffe told the board that it is  really a Niagara County-wide issue affecting all 12 towns and the three cities.  

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8:47 am
Fri January 6, 2012

SPCA of Erie County to investigate Niagara County SPCA

The SPCA of Erie County will be conducting an independent review of the Niagara County SPCA.

SPCA of Erie County executive director Barbara Carr tells WBFO News her board agreed to conduct the review. 

Niagara County SPCA Executive director John Faso is accused of a high number of dog and cat euthanizations and  poor medical treatment of animals. 

Carr said  controlled substances are used to put animals to sleep and must be recorded.

Carr will be checking reasons why the animals were put to death.

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2:58 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Unprecedented number of euthanizations at Niagara County SPCA

Three state lawmakers representing Niagara County are joining other elected and community leaders in calling for an investigation into the Niagara County SPCA. 

Executive director John Faso is accused of an unprecedented amounts of dog and cat euthanizations and horrifying charges of medical maltreatment in recent months. 

State senators George Maziarz Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman John Certetto are joining other leaders in denouncing what they call "reprehensible" allegations. 

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