Niagara Falls Mayor Seeks Independent Oversight Of SPCA Review

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) -- City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster wants to have a more independent eye watching over the review of the SPCA of Niagara. "The City of Niagara Falls has agreed to try to find an individual or organization that would be willing to review any report before it's issued...in order to try and assure the community that this is in fact an impartial report," Dyster told Eyewitness News.

The Niagara County SPCA has been criticized for its low adoption rate and high euthanasia level. Some animal rights organizations and local government officials are concerned that an investigation by Barbara Carr, the Executive Director of the Erie County SPCA, will not be done independently enough. The two organizations have a close association. Mayor Dyster does believes that Carr is well suited to look at the Niagara County facility.

"The issue here isn't necessarily that we feel that the Erie County SPCA isn't capable of conducting an inquiry. It's just that ...for the inquiry to be helpful to all us trying to make decisions...it has to be viewed as impartial by animal advocates," Mayor Dyster added.

Niagara Falls contracts with the SPCA of Niagara for animal management services. Dyster is working with local animal advocates to find a suitable person or group to help review the final report.