Future of Niagara County SPCA at Risk After Allegations

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM EDT

Niagara County, N.Y. (WKBW) - The board that oversees the Niagara County SPCA will meet to discuss the future of the organization Wednesday, after serious allegations have been made against the group and Executive Director John Faso.

The SPCA is accused of euthanizing a staggering 600 dogs and cats in the past three months. They are also accused of neglecting to treat sick animals while putting down healthy ones.

Lost animals that have been taken in by the SPCA have allegedly been adopted out before their rightful owner could pick up their pet.

One family says they experienced just that when their dog was snatched from their arms, then wound up at the SPCA. That dog named Carly was then adopted out after the owner told the organizations that she was coming to pick up the animal. The family told Eyewitness News they are now devastated.

"First they told me she was there. I go there, I show them the picture of her and they tell me that's not her. I tell them yes it is. I know this is my dog. And then she was like, even if it is your dog we adopted it out. I said, but I told you guys that I was coming. That I was going to be here to pick up my dog. And she was like, I'm sorry about your dog. She's gone," said dog owner Shauniqua Rodriguez.

Many towns, including Wheatfield, who do business with the SPCA have suspended their animal control contract with the organizations. They are taking the allegations seriously.

Director John Faso has not yet commented about the accusations but is expected to do so soon.

The meeting will be held at noon to discuss the SPCA's future.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.