Niagara County SPCA's Board of Directors reversed hiring decision

Feb 7, 2012

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.

"There were conflicting reports.  There were people who said he's the greatest vet on earth. Then there were people some disparaging things," said Cambria.
"We don't have time for this distraction, let's just move on."

An investigation into the Niagara County SPCA revealed the inhumane treatment of animals in its care.  

A statement from the Hobika family says that allegations against the doctor are unfounded.  The statement went on to say that Hobika  resigned and was not removed.