Niagara Co. SPCA Continues to Search for New Leader

February 1, 2012 Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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February 1, 2012 Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) -The Niagara County SPCA continues to look for an interim Executive Director after investigators found mismanagement and inhumane treatment of animals at the shelter. Monday, John Faso was fired by the board of directors following a scathing report on the facility. The report, conducted by the Erie County SPCA, discovered the Niagara County SPCA shelter was using in-humane and painful euthanasia methods on animals. The investigation also uncovered mismanagement. Faso says the board of directors knew from day one he did not have shelter or animal experience, and claims he was hired to get the finances of the SPCA of Niagara back on track. He also says he was assured when he was hired someone else would oversee the care of the animals.

The Niagara County Board of Directors says it shares in the blame for some of the issues that happened within the shelter and released the following statement:

"While we recognize that we share in the blame for some issues at the shelter, it is clear that our immediate efforts must be focused on searching for and appointing a capable and qualified interim Executive Director, who can perform the duties and function at the shelter that Mr. Faso could not. We have reached out to many sources, including the SPCA Serving Erie County for assistance and advice in this search, and look forward to improving the shelter and the quality of care for the animals."

Local organizations are also reaching out to the shelter and offering assistance to get it get back on track.

"Buffalo Humane is willing and able to step in and help in any way we can," said Buffalo Humane President Carol Tutzauer. "We can certainly help with behavioral evaluations, we have a lot of experience with that."