Volunteer Defends Niagara County SPCA

January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM EDT

NIAGARA, NY (WKBW) - A volunteer at the embattled SPCA of Niagara said animals are being well cared for at the shelter and the allegations made by a board member and current and former employees and volunteers are false.

Lee Michael said she has never witnessed improper activities at the facility.

"I have never once seen that. As a matter of fact I saw a dog and it scratched at the fence, had a little bit of a nick where it caught the fence, and they treated it immediately," she said.

Board member Kathy Paradowski told Eyewitness News that healthy animals are being euthanized and some dogs and cats that require medical attention are being denied a trip to the veterinarian.

"A lot of adoptable animals are not being properly screened. I don't even think they're checking for chips to see if they belong to someone. And they're being euthanized," Paradowski said. Her claims have been supported by at least eight individuals with ties to the animal shelter.

The SPCA of Erie County has agreed to investigate the claims at the request of their sister facility's board.

A rally and protest is schedule to take place Saturday at Noon at the SPCA of Niagara on Lockport Road.