Confusion Involving Niagara County SPCA Allegations

January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM EDT

Niagara County, N.Y. (WKBW) - There have been close to 600 dogs and cats allegedly euthanized at the Niagara County SPCA in the passed three months and this has people up in arms.

It's not only the killing that is raising concerns. SPCA board officials don't know the exact number of animals killed or details about the alleged incidents. The board held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of the organization and its Executive Director John Faso. Many people said Faso is responsible for the mismanagement at the shelter.

Animal rights activists showed up at the meeting to protest the alleged actions. Faso is accused of not only putting down healthy animals but also neglecting to treat sick ones. In addition, others claim the organization did not follow adoption procedures.

Board President Brandy Scrufari attempted to comment on the number of animals killed but basically said he didn't know.

Animal Rights Activist Joyce Donovan said she is livid but she's not the only one.

"It stinks. It stinks. How can you talk to the news media and not know what you're talking about. It doesn't make sense to me," Donovan said.

Now, the Erie County SPCA, which is an entirely separate organization, may come in to conduct an independent review. Executive Director Faso has declined to comment on the review or any of the issues so far.

As for the activists, they said they would be at the SPCA site in Niagara County again on Saturday. They said their demonstration will be much larger and they will be standing up for the animals.