NYS Attorney General's Office Provides Guidance for Niagara Co. SPCA

February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Niagara County SPCA Board members met with employees of the New York State Attorney General's Office Tuesday to discuss what's the best way to reorganize the shelter. The Niagara County SPCA has been under extreme public scrutiny following a critical report that outlined animal abuse and mismanagement at the shelter.

The New York Attorney General's Office is not involved in the restructuring of the Niagara County SPCA, but is providing guidance as the shelter makes a transition. Following the meeting, Attorney Paul Cambria says a new board of directors will be put in place this May, following an election where SPCA members will vote on a new list of proposed board members.

"We can't just have everyone resign and there to be a new board in place the next day, " said Cambria. "It just doesn't work that way."

The board also continues to search for an executive director following the termination of John Faso. Cambria says he's received more than 30 applications for the position, including Buffalo Humane President Carol Tutzauer.

"She has been suggested," added Cambria. "She has plenty of animal background but at this point the process is continuing."