Executive Director of Niagara County SPCA Terminated

January 30, 2012 Updated Jan 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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January 30, 2012 Updated Jan 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM EDT


Amherst, NY (WKBW)- The Niagara County SPCA Board of Directors has voted to terminate Executive Director John Faso after an investigation by the Erie County SPCA outlined mismanagement and reports of animal cruelty. The termination comes just 3 days after the report was released. 7 board members made the decision in Amherst Monday.

"The board realizes that things were wrong," said Attorney Paul Cambria. "They agree with the findings and they're taking steps to fix it."

Cambria would not disclose the vote tally or say if it was unanimous. Sources say at least one board member wanted Faso to stay on. Cambria says he's now working with the SPCA serving Erie County, who conducted the investigation and released its report on friday, to find a replacement on either an interim or permanent basis. Activists and concerned citizens have also called for a complete overhaul of the organization, including the resignation of all board members. Cambria says that could happen eventually.

"They can't all resign because no one would be left to do the work," said Cambria. "But whether they will all resign eventually I think is probably a certainty."

An interim executive director has not yet been named. The organization says it will now focus on implementing new policies and procedures. Our calls to Mr. Faso were not returned.