ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) - The whistle blower who prompted a criminal probe into the Wyoming County SPCA, Chris Wiehe, is now pointing her finger at veterinarian, Dr. James Robinson. But the doctor says he's not to blame for conditions at the Wyoming County shelter, outside of his control.
The growing number of cats living in what investigators called deplorable conditions at the Wyoming County SPCA, was known to the veterinarian who treated some of the animals at his Corfu-Darien clinic. State Police raided the SPCA in Attica in February.
Wiehe tells News 4 she feels Dr. Robinson should be held partly responsible. She says he profited from business sent to him by the shelter, but did not actively try to put a stop to the apparent hoarding of cats there, more than 500, many of them sick.
"You're going to feather your nest on the back of these poor sheltered cats not receiving care," she decried.
Dr. Robinson declined an on-camera interview, but told News 4 he was not an on-staff veterinarian. He said he only treated animals brought to his clinic.
Dr. Louis Budick is associated Erie County's SPCA and is on the ethics committee of the Western New York Veterinary Medical Society. He says he talked with Dr. Robinson after whistle blowers exposed conditions in the Wyoming County Shelter.
"Dr. Robinson was making amends to help correct the situation at the time the Wyoming SPCA started to have problems. It was probably a little bit late. There were just too many cats. There was too much disease down there," Dr. Budick noted.
The shelter's manager, Susan Davila, had treated cats with medication prescribed by Dr. Robinson, even though Mrs. Davila is not a veterinary health technician. At the Erie County SPCA, Dr. Budick will often send a licensed technician to follow up on health care for sick animals. This did not happen at the Wyoming County shelter. Dr. Budick said he suspects "many of the medications were used without proper supervision or without (any) supervision..." at the Attica facility.
Dr. Robinson told News 4 he did the best he could with the money he had to work with, and over the years donated the equivalent of $30,000 to $50,000 worth of medical care.
Wiehe, who managed the Wyoming County SPCA Cat Adoption Center at the Eastern Hills Mall, contends the doctor's practice benefited greatly from his relationship with the shelter. She said people who adopted cats were referred to Dr. Robinson's Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic.
The Wyoming County District Attorney's Office is investigating prior conditions at the shelter in
Attica. Dr. Robinson says he has not been contacted by investigators.
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