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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.

Niagara County SPCA officials are asking for the public's help identifying an individual involved in the brutal beating of a snapping turtle last month.

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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.

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

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

One year later, Niagara County SPCA turnaround

May 23, 2013
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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.

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.

Lewis named director of Niagara County SPCA

Jun 25, 2012
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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. 

"Horrific" conditions at Wyoming County SPCA

Feb 16, 2012
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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.

Niagara County SPCA has new interim leader

Feb 16, 2012
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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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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 ousted

Jan 30, 2012
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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. 

Disturbing findings revealed in report on the Niagara County SPCA

Jan 27, 2012

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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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.

SPCA of Niagara passes surprise inspection

Jan 11, 2012

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.

Wheatfield supervisor wants independent probe of Niagara County SPCA

Jan 10, 2012
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 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.  

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.

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.