WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) - A new era has begun at the Niagara County SPCA after a scandal over conditions and treatment of animals led to a complete shake up. A new board of directors is now in place.
Fifteen new faces are part of a fresh start for the SPCA of Niagara. The new Board of Directors includes a veterinarian, two vet techs, two animal foster parents, a CPA, a law clerk, and two police officers.
New board member Dr. Susan Persico said, "I think this is a fantastic group of people. We really strongly believe in a no-kill shelter, and we're really willing to spend a lot of time and effort. We'll do what it takes to get animals adopted."
Bob Richardson, also new to the board, said, "I do think we have an excellent cross-section of both administrative and animal rescue, and the various skills that are going to help us."
The new board is a major, and long-anticipated step in the Niagara SPCA's rebuilding process. Fundraising is now a major priority.
Interim director Amy Lewis said, "We need to bring the money into the shelter, to continue treating all the animals that we've begun treating here, since I've been here."
"I would like to see a low-cost spay and neuter clinic established at this establishment," added Dr. Persico. "I think it makes a world of difference in the animal population."
Leaving the shelter for the final time as board president, Brandy Scrufari reflected, saying, "Barbara [Carr] unselfishly came in and helped us, with her report. And inasmuch as it was not too terribly favorable, we needed that help from her at that time."
The new board will decide who will be the SPCA's permanent director - and Amy Lewis says she wants to stay.
Below is a list of all 15 people elected to the board. They are listed by term-limit and number of votes:
- AnnLouise Carosella
- David Urban
- Brian Barish
- Michelle Madigan
- Pamela Bruns
- Stephanie Ortel
- Bob Richardson
- David Bower
- Lawrence Eggert
- Andrew Bell
- Rachel Stepien
- Kristen Strobel
- Susan Persico
- Kathy Lamont
- Karen Karsten
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