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Social media has been abuzz this week, after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 caged beagles in North Carolina that were trapped by the rising waters of Hurricane Florence. The Erie County SPCA says more than a dozen dogs from hurricane-ravaged areas have transferred in and are available for adoption.

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It was a day of mourning, and camaraderie among police and other first responders, a day of support from the Patriot Guard lining the approach road, and a day of outpouring of support from the public and even squads of therapy dogs. It was all that and more to help people get through the first day of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner's wake at a Hamburg funeral home.

Erie County SPCA

The Erie County SPCA is helping shelter dogs in areas hit by hurricanes.

SPCA Serving Erie County

A new law that cracks down on unscrupulous pet dealers has been signed by Governor Cuomo.


Animal cruelty charges have been lodged against a Buffalo woman for postponing treatment after her Chihuahua was hit by a car.

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An injured bird of prey, found on a city street, is being nursed back to health at the SPCA Serving Erie County.

Niagara Falls Police are investigating a dog attack on a 7-year-old boy who was taken to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo for treatment.

Bethany Kloc

The SPCA Serving Erie County  is closed this week, as the organization moves from its 55-year-old home in the Town of Tonawanda to a $15 million new home on Harlem Road in West Seneca. The new facility will have better quarters for domestic animals and ailing wild animals.

Reward offered for info on animal stabbing

Jan 27, 2017

An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for help in finding whoever stabbed a pig that was found bleeding in the Village of Sloan.

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A southern Ontario county near the north shore of Lake Erie has an unusual problem and it's causing divisions among advocates for animal rights. As WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, many are calling it a "cat-astrophe."

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.

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Though Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday for people of all ages, the SPCA Serving Erie County is reminding local pet owners of the risks involving their pets on the holiday.

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Evidence in a case of animal cruelty has snared another culprit.

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.

Matted dog finds new loving home

Dec 30, 2014
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The little dog found severely matted in the basement of a Buffalo home by police officers has found a new loving home. 

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Two women are facing animal cruelty charges in the Dodge Boarding Kennel case.

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The majority of animals rescued by the SPCA during a raid last week on a Getzville kennel are recovering well, although there is word that one chinchilla has died. 


The SPCA made a disturbing discovery Friday while carrying out a search warrant at a Getzville kennel. 

Horses seized by SPCA

May 10, 2014
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The Erie County SPCA has seized 6 horses from a farm in Newstead.

SPCA Serving Erie County

Buffalo Police and investigators from the SPCA joined forces Friday in multiple raids to break up a dogfighting ring.

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Overcrowding is becoming a serious problem at the SPCA of Niagara, and a pleas are being issued to potential pet owners.

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Beth Hoskins was sentenced in Aurora Town Court Thursday afternoon to three years probation, after being convicted on dozens of counts of animal cruelty for mistreating dozens of horses she owned

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Horse owner Beth Hoskins faces up to two years in jail when sentenced Thursday on dozens of animal cruelty convictions.  

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The woman accused of mistreating horses on her East Aurora farm has been found guilty on 52 counts.

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The Niagara County SPCA is finding itself troubled once again, this time financially.

Efforts to shift the facility to a "no kill" shelter have caused a crippling increase in the number of animals being cared for. Estimates are that more than 150 cats and 70 dogs are currently sheltered at the facility. Demands for staffing, supplies and improvements to the SPCA have created a huge financial deficit.

The organization is appealing to the public for help.

SPCA investigating cat shot with arrow

Jul 23, 2012

The SPCA Serving Erie County is seeking information on a violent incident that caused the death of a domestic cat. 

The shelter says a 5-year-old cat named Tommy was found shot in the forehead with an arrow last Thursday afternoon near his Elm Street home in Lackawanna.  He was taken to an animal hospital, where he had to be euthanized for humane reasons. 

Animal investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call an SPCA hotline at 629-3502.  Any tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a $500 reward.


Workers with the SPCA have rescued three dogs from their negligent owner.

Twenty-two year old Marvin Green of Herkimer Street has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty. Three emaciated pit bulls, a mother and two puppies, were found in the home's attic.

The mother was fastened to a short leash and the puppies were locked in a dark closet.