Emergency Meeting Planned for Board of Niagara Co. SPCA

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 12:23 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 12:23 AM EDT

WHEATFIELD, NY (WKBW) - The Town of Wheatfield will temporarily suspend its animal control contract with the Niagara County SPCA, following allegations of mismanagement and animal cruelty at the facility.

"I'm asking the board tonight to send a letter to the SPCA board making sure that they're meeting their obligations to the town for their contract," said Supervisor Bob Cliffe. "But also to the residents of Niagara County."

Residents like Shauniqua Rodriguez of Niagara Falls. Her dog Kasey went missing two days before Christmas. When the pet turned up at the Niagara County SPCA, Rodriguez called to claim her.

"First they told me she was there," she said. "I go there, I show them the picture of her and they tell me that's not her. I tell them yes it is. I know this is my dog."

Kasey was adopted by another family, Rodriguez said, even though she contacted the shelter and claimed it.

"It's killing me. I love her. She's like my fifth baby. Now she's gone," she said.

The president of the board at the Niagara County SPCA said an emergency board meeting will be held on Wednesday.