Accusations of Mismanagement at Niagara County SPCA

January 2, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2012 at 12:30 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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January 2, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2012 at 12:30 AM EDT

NIAGARA COUNTY, NY (WKBW) - A current board member and former volunteer at the Niagara County SPCA are accusing the facility's management of neglecting animals.

Board member Kathy Paradowski said the shelter is euthanizing stray animals without giving owners proper time to claim their lost pets.

"God forbid that your animal gets loose and gets picked up by the shelter. If you don't get there in enough time ... and your dog will have already been euthanized," she said.

Paradowski said staff members are also failing to scan animals for microchips, which are implanted under the skin and could help to reunite lost animals with their owners.

Former volunteer Lisa Liddle told Eyewitness News said she quit working the shelter because animals in need of medical attention were often left untreated and allowed to infect other animals.

"I like to think that I live in a more humane society than the county I'm living in right now. Breaks my heart to say that I live in a county where if your dog gets out - your dog is probably dead," Liddle said.

Both women point the finger at the executive director of the facility, John Faso.

Eyewitness News spoke to Faso several times on Monday. He declined to comment.

A source who works at the facility said more than 475 cats and 100 dogs were put down in the last three months of 2011. Often these were animals which could have been put up for adoption, the worker said who wished to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

"We are looking seriously at the allegations. And we'll be coming to a conclusion as to the veracity of the statements made by former employees as to some of the activities that are alleged to have occurred," said Brandy Scrufari, the president of the board.

Eyewitness News will have more on this developing story tonight at 11:00.

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