New Interim Director At Niagara SPCA

February 22, 2012 Updated Feb 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 22, 2012 Updated Feb 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM EDT

TOWN OF WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WKBW) - After months of controversy, the Niagara County SPCA is getting back on its feet with a new interim leader who says she has positive new ideas for the future.

"I'm really excited to move forward, and the staff has been wonderful and open with me," Niagara County SPCA Interim Executive Director Amy Lewis said.

Interim Executive Director of the Niagara County SPCA Amy Lewis said her first day on the job is starting out smoothly, considering the hardship the organization and its staff have faced.

"I think everything that happened at the shelter was unfortunate, but had to be brought into the light. There was mismanagement and bad decision making," Lewis

Those poor decisions led to the firing of the former Executive Director, that's when Lewis came on the job. Now, Lewis said things are looking up and is confident she can help build a better reputation for the organization, while putting the animals first.

"I have seven and a half years experience at the Erie County SPCA working with animal welfare. I started in adoption and mobile adoption and also worked in admissions and animal rescue," Lewis said.

Lewis said she has many new plans in the works starting with an improved euthanization policy.

"The euthanasia policy had done a complete 180. They are definitely using a humane method. They are using injections, which is a humane method. They are also looking at alternatives for euthanization. I'm going to start managing the intake of the shelter," Lewis said.

The staff also wants to get the community involved with the operation. They need volunteers at the shelter, donations and of course people to adopt the animals.

"I know we have one off-site adoption event at Pet Smart in Lockport but I would like to get some local vets involved and get the animals out there to the public making them visible," Lewis said.

Most of all, Lewis said she wants to make every animal that walks through the door feel loved and find them a good home.

Channel 7's Eyewitness News will be showcasing animals up for adoption. If you would like to help, you can call 716-731-4368 or e-mail the shelter at: