Animals Get a Chance for a Happy Home

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY

Dozens of animals at the SPCA of Niagara are finally getting the care they need after the director of the shelter was fired at the end of January when information surfaced about inhumane animal treatment at the facility.

Wednesday, the shelter held a one-day only adoption event.

When the event began at 12 p.m. the line spilled outside the door with people taking advantage of the special deals.

Cats six months old and over are free and the adoption fee for kittens six months and under has been reduced to $25.

The facility is offering all dogs at 50% off.

Interim Director, Amy Lewis says the building was at capacity with more than 200 animals crowded inside.

Allegations of mismanagement and animal abuse first surfaced at the shelter in January. The director was fired shortly after.

"The shelter has been criticized in the past for the unnecessary euthanasias and when you have municipal contracts with cities we can't turn animals away, we're obligated to take them and when we reach capacity we really have to think of new and creative ways to get those animals out into the community," said Lewis.

The entire 15-member board of directors is being replaced. There are 21 candidates up for the positions.
Dues-paying members will select the final candidates on May 29th.