Erie County SPCA Report On Niagara Facility Released

January 27, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 7:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 27, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 7:23 AM EDT

TONAWANDA, NY ( WKBW ) Barbara Carr, the Executive Director of the Erie County SPCA has released the results of her investigation into the Niagara County SPCA, after reports of mismanagement and animal cruelty at the facility surfaced after the beginning of the year.

An emotional Barbara Carr delivered her findings in a 9:30am news conference at the Ensminger Road facility.

Channel 7's John Borsa and Lou Chilelli were there, and noted some of the key points of the report:

"Hard work and hard decisions need to be made by those in positions to shape the future of this organization."

"The effect of not having SOPs, ( standard operating procedures), strategic planning, and job descriptions has created a chaotic environment for people and animals. It is clear that without these basic management tools that all staff as well as the board are wasting time and resources taking ten steps when one would get the job done. There is no sense of structure at the NCSPCA."

"Leadership requires that immediate attention be paid to the development of these basic building blocks."

"Overall the staff appears very stressed. The fractures that have developed between staff members, between staff and administration, and between the board and staff are serious impediments to the future of this organization."

"The Director stated that breed specific rescue groups are contacted when a purebred dog has medical or behavioral issues. When pressed, he did not name any specific groups nor did he name any local rescue groups that the NCSPCA has a working relationship with."

The NCSPCA does not have any SOPs with regards to adoption follow up.

"All animals leave the NCSPCA having been spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. The NCSPCA recently began to spay and neuter animals prior to adoption rather than waiting for an adoption to occur."

"Records provided for the use of controlled substances was made available to the evaluation team prior to the site visit. These records were inadequate and not up to DEA regulations. The drug was drawn up by syringe and recorded as such- not individually. Proper drug logs are recorded by use by animal."

"Euthanasia should be done in a room designed for that purpose."

"There are many new staff members who have not been properly trained or educated in animal handling, zoonoses and various animal shelter topics. They want to learn though. Several employees asked to visit the ECSPCA for observing and training."

"Medicine for animals was placed on top of some kennels on the first site visit in January and pointed out as poor practice. Plastic bags containing medicine was seen hanging on clipboard outside the stray dog kennels. This is not recommended and should be changed."

"Citizens of Niagara County deserve to have great organization caring for animals. In order to do so, they will have to take an active role in seeing that this happens and that it is sustainable. They can do this by adopting, supporting the organization financially, and volunteering and serving the NCSPCA whenever possible."