WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) - Just days after a scathing report on suspected animal abuse, Niagara County SPCA Executive Director John Faso got his walking papers. He had been under fire since the allegations first surfaced at the shelter.
The 44-year-old Faso was terminated by the shelter's board of directors Monday afternoon. The meeting took place at attorney Paul Cambria's Williamsville office.
Cambria said, "They decided to terminate the executive director, and to immediately retain the services of an interim director. The judgment was to turn the page, and to have a new director, at least on an interim basis to put into place the various recommendations that were made by Barbara Carr."
Carr, the executive director of the SPCA Serving Erie County, released a report Friday, highly critical of the Niagara County shelter. You can read that report for yourself right here. It alleges animal neglect and questionable euthanasia practices.
She responded to Faso's firing, saying, "It's probably what had to be done to begin to move forward. It's unfortunate all the way around that things got as bad as they did. The buck stops with him and with the board. Certainly the board is every bit as responsible, in my opinion, as the executive director."
Cambria, who's representing the Niagara County shelter, says the board can't immediately replace the entire board. Bylaws and and an election, he says, are required.
"You couldn't just abolish everything because then there would be no one to do anything. Whether they will all resign eventually I think is probably a certainty. Whether any of them will run for an election in the future. Again, that's their decision," he said.
Cambria says he's working with others, including Carr, to find someone to fill the director's position on an interim basis. He says the board is hoping to have someone in place soon.
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