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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.