Former Niagara County SPCA Executive Director Speaks Out About Termination

January 31, 2012 Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

January 31, 2012 Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - The Former Niagara County SPCA Executive Director is speaking out about his termination.

Monday, John Faso was fired by the board of directors following a scathing report on the facility. The report, conducted by the Erie County SPCA, discovered the Niagara County SPCA shelter was using in-humane and painful euthanasia methods on animals. The investigation also uncovered mismanagement.

Faso says the board of directors knew from day one he did not have shelter or animal experience, and claims he was hired to get the finances of the SPCA of Niagara back on track. He also says he was assured when he was hired someone else would oversee the care of the animals.

"They're basically cowards," said Faso. "The board should have stepped up when this started happening. We should have all stood together and try to solve this problem but they got together and decided they need to blame this all on someone and that was me."

Faso claims when he took over just short of two years ago, there were no records kept by the previous administration and the shelter was facing a $60,000 deficit. Faso says there is now a budget surplus. Faso says he wants to set the record straight on the allegations against him and says the claims against him are false; especially the allegations that he took a 10% cut on donations and and did not work more than 30 hours a week.

"These are lies," said Faso. "I challenge anyone other than Kathy Paradowski (board member) who heard these claims."

Eyewitness News reached out to several board members today for comment, but they referred us to attorney Paul Cambria.

Cambria says the focus now is to find a new interim executive director, which is expected Wednesday. Cambria also says it's likely some board members will be replaced in the future.

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