Erie County SPCA

A few weeks ago, a dog now known as Charlie was found inside a frigid garbage tote. Crimes like that across the state will see increased attention moving forward.  The District Attorney’s Association of New York is setting up a subcommittee in hopes to prevent and prosecute crimes against animals.


The Buffalo Common Council will vote next week on an ordinance that aims to protect dogs being left in extreme weather outside.

Buffalo man charged in suspected dog fighting ring

May 3, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Buffalo man faces eight counts in relation to a suspected dog fighting operation in the city's East Side, the Erie County District Attorney's Office and SPCA Serving Erie County announced Thursday.

WBFO File Photo

State lawmakers, including one from Niagara County, are backing a bill that would end the practice of declawing cats in the state, except when medically necessary. While the SPCA Serving Erie County frowns on the procedure, it is stopping short of taking an official position, and explained that in past years, there was an undesirable unintended consequence.

SPCA formally introduces new executive director

Mar 21, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Gary Willoughby officially became the SPCA Serving Erie County's first new executive director in nearly a quarter century on Monday. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County SPCA is seeking gifts to help reach a $15 million goal to build a larger center in West Seneca, one about twice the size of their current facility in the Town of Tonawanda. On Friday, while giving Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul a tour of their Ensminger Road facility, SPCA officials revealed they were about "eight-tenths" of the way toward reaching that goal.

State bill would crack down on puppy mills

Jul 17, 2013
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign a bill that would crack down on puppy mills.  State Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo  appeared at the Erie County SPCA Tuesday with many owners of puppy mill dogs. The bill would regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores.

SPCA rescues animals from property in Springville

Mar 14, 2012
Erie County SPCA photo

The Erie County SPCA rescued 41 animals Tuesday from property on Cattaraugus Street in Springville.

But this was not the first time the SPCA was called to that address.  

"It was a monstrous site," said SPCA spokeswoman Gina Browning.

They SPCA received an anonymous tip about the poor conditions of the animals.

"Our investigators saw fragments of deceased animals strewn throughout the property, and they are uncertain at this point if the animals who are living
were feeding off the animals who were deceased," said Browning.