Charges Filed Against Former Wyoming County SPCA Operators

May 9, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 3:17 AM EDT

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Charges Filed Against Former Wyoming County SPCA Operators

May 9, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 3:17 AM EDT

WARSAW, N.Y. ( WKBW ) The Wyoming County District Attorney confirmed with Eyewitness News that charges have been filed against Susan Davila and Janet Foisett in regards to the investigation involving the SPCA in Wyoming County.

The Wyoming County facility was raided several months ago after cats and animals were found to be living in deplorable conditions.

In January of 2012 the New York State Police in Warsaw, N.Y. received a number of complaints regarding conditions at the Wyoming County SPCA. In February of 2012 search warrants were executed at the Wyoming County SPCA's shelter in Attica, N.Y. and their adoption center at the Eastern Hills Mall. At that time 515 cats and 3 dogs were found in the custody of the Wyoming County SPCA. The New York State Police was assisted by the SPCA Serving Erie County.

As a result of the ongoing investigation two people associated with the organization were arrested on May 9, 2012.

Susan J. Davila of Attica, N.Y. who was the shelter manager, was charged with one (1) count of tampering with physical evidence (PL 215.40) and 20 counts of animal cruelty (sections 353 & 356 of the Agriculture and Markets law).

Janet M. Foisset of Buffalo, N.Y. who was the board president, will be charged with one (1) count of tampering with physical evidence (PL 215.40).

The evidence tampering charges stem from the Wyoming County SPCA hiding approximately 200 cats from an ongoing investigation by The SPCA Serving Erie County which began in June of 2011. At that time the SPCA Serving Erie County initiated an investigation in Lawtons (Erie County), N.Y. involving a woman by the name of Claire Young. The next day when they went to follow up all of the cats had disappeared. The cats were brought to the Wyoming County SPCA’s building, where they were kept in the basement until around January of 2012.

The animal cruelty charges relate to overcrowded/unsanitary conditions and failure to provide adequate veterinary care.

Both subjects were processed and released to appear in the Town of Attica Court on May 24, 20112.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.