WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB - There could be major changes at the Niagara County SPCA, Monday. The board of directors is set to meet, following the devastating results of an animal abuse investigation.
Paul Cambria, the lawyer representing the SPCA of Niagara, said he is sitting down with the board Monday to go over his ‘recommended wholesale changes.'
Protestors held signs and chanted outside the SPCA of Niagara on Sunday. The group remains outraged at Executive Director John Faso and for the mistreatment of animals, specifically with the so called heart stick that was used to euthanize them.
Former SPCA volunteer Karen Kinzly talked about about one instance where she claims a dog wasn't treated for an illness that she received while at the shelter.
Kinzly said, "I was just appalled. Your neglect made her ill, then you tortured her to death. Then in the statistics, she's listed as aggressive; and that's the reason you put her down. I can't even describe how horrible that makes me feel for her. She was a loving, beautiful creature that didn't deserve any of it."
Animal Allies of Western New York's Morgan Dunbar said, "Never in a million years would we have ever thought that a shelter in our back yard was doing this to the animals. This heart stick procedure, as far as we know, is only performed in a handful of shelters across the entire United States of America."
On Friday Erie County SPCA released the findings from their investigation and said change would be coming... but that's not enough for the protesters, who are calling for an unaffiliated, independent investigation.
Attorney Paul Cambria says everyone has a right to protest, but he doesn't understand why these demonstrations are taking place.
"Some protesters are protesting for the sake of protesting. At this point in time it's clear that there was a problem, it's clear the problems have now been uncovered and it's going to be clear this week that some great steps are going to be taken to resolve the problem," said Cambria.
Cambria said that the meeting would be taking place sometime Monday afternoon.
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