SPCA of Niagara Improving Fast Enough?

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM EDT

By John Borsa

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - At least two people have been interviewed for the position of interim executive director at SPCA of Niagara and a person could be named to the post this week, according to Buffalo attorney Paul Cambria, who is helping the shelter reorganize following allegations of mismanagement and animal mistreatment.

Almost three weeks ago, a report detailed mass chaos and disorganization at the Wheatfield shelter.

The former executive director, John Faso, was fired days later and several board members have since resigned.

Cambria said picking Faso's replacement, and sifting through dozens of applications to find the most qualified candidate, took time.

"We have interviewed more than one individual for the interim director's position and we're hopeful that we'll be naming an interim director quite shortly. It's very possible that it could be this week," Cambria said.

Meantime, critics of the SPCA of Niagara said the facility continues to operate in a questionable way.

Morgan Dunbar of Animal Allies of WNY said the shelter's incinerator, where animal remains are disposed of, was operating during adoption hours on Tuesday.

It's something she finds troubling.

"I think it's a major problem to expect a facility that's under such scrutiny to be incinerating any bodies during adoption hours. It think that's just common sense. If you look at the way Erie County SPCA does thing, they have a little respect for the public, they have a little respect for the animals and they do that at nighttime," Dunbar said.

Once an interim executive director has been named, a nominating committee will select new board members and many of the remaining board members will resign by May, said Cambria.