SPCA of Niagara Elects New Board of Directors

May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM EDT

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May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM EDT

SANBORN, NY (WKBW) The Shawnee Fire Hall in Sanborn was the site where both workers and volunteers of the Niagara County SPCA officially elected a new board of directors. Fifteen new leaders were elected to replace the entire previous board.

"Because of some of the controversy, just lack of momentum from the past board, the community has really put it out there that they just want a clean slate for the Niagara County SPCA," Interim Executive Director Amy Lewis said.

The SPCA of Niagara has gone through a lot this year. In January things started with allegations of mismanagement and animal mistreatment, followed by a formal investigation that reported the shelter was "dysfunctional, chaotic and sometimes inhumane." Executive Director John Faso was then fired and many other board members resigned.

"There were a couple of existing board members that at first wanted to continue on the board, but they realized through the chain of events that they wanted to let some fresh faces come on the board with some new ideas, so they decided to withdraw their names," Former Board President Brandy Scrufari said.

But under the guidance of new director Amy Lewis, she says the shelter is back on the right path.

"I'm so proud of the shelter, I'm so proud of the staff and the volunteers, and there really isn't much stopping us at this point," she said.

We will have the full list of all elected board members as soon as they are released.