Animal Care Greatly Improved at Niagara County SPCA

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) A follow-up report issued by Barbara Carr, the executive director of the Erie County SPCA, says the care of animals has greatly improved at the Niagara County SPCA.

Carr was asked to make recommendations after accusations surfaced in January 2012 that the shelter was frequently killing animals and not properly caring for others.

After the complaints were disclosed, the executive director of the facility was fired and the board of directors forced to resign.

Since then, a new board has overseen a major cleanup of the shelter, the hiring of an additional veterinary technician, and the implementation of a new policy of not accepting feral cats for euthanasia.

But the negative publicity created by the controversy has caused a decrease in financial contributions as many donors have stopped supporting the Niagara Falls shelter.

Barbara Carr says the lack of funding is hurting plans to hire more staff and complete other renovations.

The Niagara County SPCA only receives 35% of what donations per capita are to the Erie County SPCA.

"Probably the largest problem that they are facing right now is that the community is still financially not supporting this organization in the way they need to. If they want a great SPCA, they need to step up to the plate like the citizens of Erie County do," added Carr.

A search is currently under way for a new executive director and a development person who will help look for more sources of funding.

The Niagara County SPCA is also looking to try new fund raising efforts.

On June 1st at 11am, the Niagara County SPCA will hold its first ever "Hound Walk" at Hyde Park - an effort patterned after "Paws in the Park Walk" which is at held Beaver Island State Park by the Erie County SPCA.

For a $20 dollar donation, participants will be invited to take a 1.5 mile walk to help raise funds for a new spay/neuter clinic for low income residents in Niagara County.

More information is available at www.niagaraspca.org.