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July 10, 2013
Update- Owner of dogs found on 12th St turns himself in
The owner of the 3 dogs removed from 12th St in Niagara Falls on June 30 turned himself over to police after a warrant was signed
for his arrest. Donald Ruben of 254 12th Street faces 3 counts of animal cruelty for abandoning the three dogs and failing to provide
proper sustenance. Bail is set at $2,000.
We are saddened by the news that Jonah, a 7 week old puppy found in an abandoned apartment with two other dogs died late on
Wednesday evening at a Veterinary hospital. Read complete story here.

Jonah was transported early Tuesday morning to a Veterinary Hospital because his condition had worsened. SPCA's Veterinary
Technician Brittany Anderson took Jonah home overnight on Monday to make sure that he was fed throughout the night. She noticed throughout the night that his condition was deteriorating and he was beginning to have seizures.

He was taken to Central Park Animal Hospital where they discovered that his glucose levels were very low and the cause of the
seizures. Dextrose was given via an IV drip and he was being fed via tube.

His condition had improved early on Wednesday and again we were hopeful that he may pull through. When the Veterinarian stopped in to give him a feeding later in the evening, he was found deceased.

We will continue to pursue Jonah's abuser because we don't want his death to have been in vain. A message has to be sent that this
behavior is unacceptable and there are consequences for neglect of animals.

Thank you to everyone who has followed Jonah's story and for keeping him in your prayers.

We are awaiting a warrant for the arrest of the owner. The owner faces three counts of animal cruelty.
March 29, 2013
Teddie on the mend and feeling very frisky after her surgery. Dr. Gray reported that Teddie's oxygen levels rose immediately after the surgery. Thank you so much to the staff at Ellicott Small Animal Hospital for saving Teddie's life!
March 26, 2013
Teddie's surgery is a success!
Pictures above is Teddie after her surgery and the staff of Ellicott Small Animal Hospital who performed her surgery!
March 19, 2013
Teddie's surgery is scheduled for March 26!
We are so very excited to announce that a local Veterinary Clinic stepped forward and to perform Teddie's surgery at no cost to the shelter. We are so happy for Teddie. She has her first consultation with Dr. Claudia Gray at Ellicott Small Animal Hospital on Thursday and if all goes well, Dr. Gray will perform the surgery next Tuesday. Please keep Teddie in your thoughts and cross your fingers that everything goes well for her. We are so very thankful to Dr. Gray and Ellicott Small Animal Hospital for donating this surgical procedure to save Teddie's life. 

It is through generosity of our partners, donors, supporters and local Veterinarians that the Niagara County SPCA is able to save the lives of animals in our community. Please join us in sending out a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gray and Ellicott Small Animal Hospital for their generosity and kindness. Thank you from the bottom of Teddie's heart and ours! http://www.ellicottvets.com/

Anyone who has made a donation to the fund for Teddie's surgery will be contacted by the shelter director regarding their donation shortly. Thank you!
March 18, 2013
Read about Teddie the Pomeranian here!
Teddie is one of 64 Pomeranians rescued from a Lockport home on February 4th. Most of the dogs rescued that day were in relatively good shape with the exception of Teddie and a few others. Teddie got "his" name from her foster family who originally thought she was a he. Well, come to find out Teddie was indeed a girl and a very sick one at that. Teddie seemed to be much smaller than her sister
and wasn't growing as quickly so the foster family decided that Teddie needed to be examined by the Veterinarian at the Niagara County SPCA. It was found that Teddie has a congenital heart condition called PDA. What that means is that a valve that usually routes blood around the lungs which should close as the lungs become fully developed never did. Teddie's condition is life threatening and without surgery to repair the heart valve, Teddie will not live the healthy, full life that a dog should.
Teddie has a sister named Sofie who is twice the size of her now. While Teddie is lacking in size and gets her fair share of sleep, you would not realize she has a condition by the way she plays with her sister and mother. When you hold Teddie in your hand however, you can feel her tiny heart beating and whirling; it feels like an ocean wave running back and forth over the sand…… Our fear now is that  it will not take much for Teddie's heart to give out without surgery.

Teddie is one of the most peaceful, lovable dogs her foster family has come across and all of us think she is definitely worth the money it will
cost for her surgery.
February 13, 2013

Sweet Dillan came to the shelter after he was seized from a home in Niagara Falls by the police department. Dillan is 4 months old and weighs shocking 9 pounds. His owners could not afford the dog food to feed him so they fed him pasta and human infant formula. He weighs and looks like a 2 month old puppy. This little guy is enjoying life in a foster home where he is receiving frequent small meals until he is nursed back to health and an appropriate weight.
The Niagara County SPCA receives animals like Dillan regularly. Thanks to donors and supporters like you we are able to give them the chance at the life they deserve. If you would like to help Dillan, please click the link here to make a contribution.
Update: March 4, 2013
Dillan is on his way to a full recovery. To date he weigh 11 and a half pounds. Although still underweight, he is beginning to fill out. He is loving life in his foster home discovering the cats make really good play mates and snuggle time is the best time. He has become somewhat of a star attending fundraising meetings, the Pizzafest Challenge and may make an appearance at this weekend's flea market at the Niagara Active Hose Fire Company. Keep checking back to see Dillan's progress!
Andrew Bell, Executive Director for the Niagara County SPCA will be leaving our employ and returning his attention to his pet retail business in Lewiston, Grandpaw's Place.

During his tenure, Andrew was instrumental in stabilizing the organization and preparing our shelter to meet future challenges and goals. As SPCA Board President and Executive Director, Andrew worked diligently on the business aspect of the shelter and afforded Shelter Director Amy Lewis the time necessary to bring our No-Kill initiative to fruition with survival rates rising from 88% in the beginning part of 2012 to an astonishing 95% or better survival rate in late 2012 and early 2013. Andrew worked closely with the staff and volunteers and together, they brought a new and positive feeling of success to the SPCA family and public.

The Board of Directors offers its heartfelt thanks to Andrew for his dedication and hard work and wishes him well in the future. The Board is in the process of formulating plans to launch a nationwide search for a permanent Executive Director experienced in nonprofit organizations.

February 4, 2013
The Pomeranians are here!
The Niagara County SPCA takes in 64 Pomeranians from a Breeder in Lockport
        Volunteer Snuggle Time                   Physical Exams All Around                         Pom Pup Kisses                  3 month old pom pup is a handful

To read the story click here or to make a donation to help with the care of the Pomeranians click here.
Dog Days of Summer- August 25, 2012
Thank you to everyone who came out tmake our event a huge success! We had 40 vendors, Cruising for Critters Car Show, basket raffles, 50/50, wonderful food, music, demonstrations and over 600 visitors. A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers, staff and board of directors that made this happen!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Financial status of the Niagara County SPCA

That's right, the Somerset cats are available for adoption! Twenty of the cats were adopted out last Thursday. We still have many more who are available including barn cats. Please come down to the Niagara County SPCA and adopt. We will offer the pick your own adoption fee promotion until August 31 to help find these guys the homes they deserve!

July, 30 2012

Niagara County SPCA looks to become "No-Kill"
Details here!

   Cats found living in squalor in Lake Road residence.
Update: Monday, July 30, 2012
Somerset Cats
Details here!
Update: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Somerset Cats

Details here!
Update: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Somerset Cats

Details here!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

We know we said our pre owned pet event was a once a year event, but we don't think we really got the message out there last week so we are doing it again. All this weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will feature reduced adoption fees. Adoption fees for dogs are $29.99 and cats are $19.99. We know you pay thousands of dollars for your cars and you don't get half the joy or half the years out of them! All of our animals are inspected (vetted), all receive a complimentary inspection after they leave our building (free vet visit) and they include tax and tags (we don't need a metaphor for that one-just as it sounds)! Join us on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for amazing adoption fees! Tell your friends; tell your neighbors and tell your neighbor's friends. Don't forget to tell everyone you know on Facebook.

Monday, July 30, 2012
The adoption event this weekend was a huge success! We placed 88 animals into homes. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Niagara County SPCA!

July 17, 2012

Niagara County SPCA Kennel Attendant Positions Available

Click here to read the full job posting.


July 17, 2012

A big thank you to Cornerstone Niagara River Rock Series for donating the proceeds of an autographed guitar by Buckcherry to the shelter! Buckcherry along with Fuel played in Gratwick Park Sunday night and they auctioned off the guitar pictured and raised $600 for the Niagara County SPCA. We also have the guitar in our possession as it was not claimed by the winner. We are giving the winner an opportunity to claim the guitar. If not claimed within two weeks, the guitar will be auctioned off at our event The Dog Days of Summer on August 25. The winning ticket number is 288052. If you are the winner, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368 to claim your prize!



July 17, 2012

We are at it again! The Niagara County SPCA has another Parvovirus vaccination clinic set for Thursday July 19 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the corner of 18th Street and Linwood Avenue in Niagara Falls. We are hosting a clinic in this location for the residents of this area because it is another location that has seen many cases of parvo.



July 17, 2012

The results are in, but it is no surprise: the winner of the logo contest is Frank Rotella of Lewiston. His logo will symbolize the great strides the shelter has made in the past couple of months and those to come. We are committed to caring for the sick and injured animals of this county and assisting our community with up and coming programs and services. Congratulations to Frank and thank you for helping us change our image!


Keep your pets safe and cool this summer season with the following tips:

When temperatures become extreme bring your pets inside! Pets can quickly become overheated especially those with thick coats. During hot weather, time spent outside should be restricted to short walks. Keep in mind that blacktop is very hot and can burn the pads of dog's feet. If you wouldn't walk barefoot on it, keep Fido off of it!

Make sure your pet has water available to him or her at all times during high temperatures. Please keep in mind that water that has been sitting in the sun all day long will do very little to cool your pooch down in hot weather.

If your dog spends a lot of time outside, New York State Agriculture and Markets Laws requires that you provide your dog with sufficient and proper shelter and water. If you question whether your shelter is sufficient or if the shelter of a neighboring dog is sufficient, please contact us at 716-731-4368.

A lot of dogs love to swim- like our Gabby girl pictured below, but make sure all swimming adventures are supervised especially with deep pools. Dogs can become tired and drown in a pool!

Know the signs of overheating in pets! Heavy panting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, drooling, collapse, vomiting and seizures can all be signs of overheating. Dogs like Pugs and Bulldogs are especially susceptible because of their pushed in faces which make it difficult for them to bring in sufficient air. If your pet exhibits these signs and you believe he or she is suffering from overheating, cool him or her down immediately with cool water and get to a veterinarian immediately!

Keep your dog out of your car and in the air conditioning during extremely hot weather. Temperatures inside a car can quickly rise even with the windows cracked. Leaving your dog in the car "only for a couple of minutes" can lead to heat stroke and even death!

Give your pooch a cool summer haircut. He or she will thank you for helping them shed their fur coat for the summer weather.

Sunscreen on my dog? Seriously? Light coated dogs and those with fresh haircuts can sunburn just like people. If you can not keep your pet inside during sunny weather, check with your veterinarian about applying sunblock for your pooch!

Have a happy and safe summer!



July 10, 2012

Normally we love anniversaries; they are a time for celebration, a time to spend with loved ones and enjoy the company of one another. There is one anniversary we are not looking forward to however. One year is a long period of time. We see four seasons, several holidays, physical growth and a lot of change in one year. We see the growth of a puppy or kitten to an adult dog or cat at least in appearance in one year. We have a dog that is coming up on her one year anniversary with the shelter. This means that this poor girl has been without a forever home since she was 5 months old. She is such a love so we can't figure out why she is still with us other than we like to have her around! Fortunately, thanks to the growth of new programs at the Niagara County SPCA she has spent the last couple of months in a foster home, but one whole year without a forever home is nothing to celebrate. We would like to celebrate Fiji finding her forever home before we celebrate her one year anniversary. Please spread this message far and wide- Fiji needs a home of her very own!

Fiji is a very special girl for many reasons. She is hearing impaired, but it doesn't seem to slow her down one bit. She runs, she plays, eats and sleeps like any other dog. The only difference is that when you talk to her or call her she can't hear you. She currently lives with another dog and they are the best of friends. Fiji has stopped by to visit a couple of times and has met several other dogs while in the shelter. Please consider giving Fiji the home she deserves! This week on Thursday Fiji will also be featured in our Pet of the Week Spot on the Metro WNY site http://www.metrowny.com/sitesearch.php?section_search=articles&search_text=pet+of+the+week&search=Search and in the Niagara Frontier Publications (both the circulations and the site) http://www.wnypapers.com/classified-pet-place. Please be sure to check her out there- you will find special adoption pricing only if you mention seeing her there!

             Update: Fiji was adopted on 7/19/2012; just 17 days before her 1 year anniversary!


July 10, 2012

A Rabies Positive Cat Found In Niagara County - Please Read!

Niagara County experienced a case of rabies on Friday, July 6, 2012 in Gasport. Reports say that the cat was part of a feral cat colony and a person was bitten. When sent for testing by the Niagara County Health Department, the animal was found to be positive for rabies. This has sparked a series of phone calls not only to the Niagara County SPCA, but also to area rescue groups.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms (

Cats are not considered to be rabies vector species or animals that typically carry and spread the virus. The reason for this is the management of the disease through preventative measures such as vaccination. New York State requires that companion animals such as cats, dogs and ferrets receive vaccinations against rabies which has cut down transmission of the virus significantly. Feral (wild) cats and pet cats and dogs are at risk for rabies if not vaccinated.

Feral cats in a managed colony under TNVR programs receive vaccinations against rabies. Caretakers of feral cat colonies are urged to make sure that any cats in their colonies are spayed/neutered and vaccinated to keep the animals healthy. They should also keep an eye out for new cats in the colony and make sure those animals are sterilized and receive vaccinations as well. Cats that are part of managed colonies are easy to identify. These animals will be ear tipped which means that the last quarter inch of their left ear has been surgically removed while under anesthesia. Cats that are part of managed colonies are at little risk for catching rabies. Caretakers who need information on TNVR should contact Feral Cat Focus at 1-888-902-9717 or visit their website (http://feralcatfocus.com)Free rabies vaccinations are also available to Niagara County residents for their owned pets. Please visit the Niagara County Health Departments website(link below)for information on upcoming clinics.

To keep yourself, your family and your pets safe, make sure that you do not approach or handle any strange animals. Keep your pets current on rabies vaccinations whether they are indoor exclusively or indoor/outdoor. Pets should not be left outside without human supervision. Do not leave food out because it will attract all sorts of unwanted guests including skunks and raccoons which are rabies vector species and account for the majority of transmission of rabies. Keep your trash secure so that wild animals and domestic stray animals cannot get into it.

If you see an unfamiliar animal or new cat in your neighborhood, do not bother it. Walk away or go into your home. If the animal is acting strangely and you believe that the animal is sick, call your local police department. Symptoms of rabies in animals include confusion, agitation, wild animals appearing friendly or docile, ataxia, paralysis, aggression or abnormal behavior.  Please do not take matters into you own hands and try to contain or remove these animals unless you are professionally trained to do so.

Animals that appear healthy should also be left alone. It is illegal to injure, harm or kill an animal without reason. An incident of rabies in your area does not justify harming or killing stray or free roaming animals. New York State Agriculture and Markets Laws prohibit any person from killing or harming an animal, whether wild, farm or domestic unjustifiably under Article 26 section 353. Doing so may result in a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.


The Dog Days of Summer were originally the days when the sun and the dog star Sirius rose at the same time or close to it. The dog star was blamed for the blistering heat of the summer months. Although, Sirius and the sun no longer rise at the same time, the Dog Days of Summer still refers to the hottest time of year. We won't get into the sacrifices that were made in the name of Sirius, but we will tell you what the Dog Days means to us. It is a time to celebrate our furry companions that have become so important in our lives. We will raise our cups (whether beer, wine, soda or water) and be thankful that we have animals in our lives and that the SPCA of Niagara has pledged to do everything we can to save the animals of Niagara County and give them a better life.

Please join us on Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the shelter grounds to celebrate not only our canine friends, but our feline friends as well!

You will enjoy Cruising for Critters Classic Car show, local artists and crafters, Chiavetta's Chicken, carnival foods, obedience and agility demonstrations, pet supplies, beer and wine, basket and 50/50 raffles.

Proceeds from this event will go toward a spay/neuter project in Niagara County for areas identified with high populations of unspayed and unneutered feral and community cats. Please come out to Dog Days to help spay and neuter our cat friends!

Tickets for Chiavetta's chicken are available at the shelter located at 2100 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, NY and or buy tickets here for $10. There is no admission fee to the event. We hope to see you there!



We want to know what you are doing this weekend! More specifically, we want to know if you'll be going to Goochfest this weekend!! What's Goochfest, you say? Goochfest is exactly what is sounds like: a festival by Gooch. The festival features live music, food, fun, beer and camping. The only thing that could make Goochfest any better would be if the proceeds were to be donated to the Niagara County SPCA. Oh wait, they are! Join us and some of your fellow party goers at Goochfest this Saturday beginning at 1pm at the Five Senses Nature Park located at 6535 Ward Road in Wheatfield. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door. All proceeds to support your Niagara County SPCA. Hope to see you there.



June 25, 2012

The Niagara County SPCA is hosting a FREE parvovirus clinic on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Niagara Falls at the corner of 9th Street and Ferry Avenue. The clinic is restricted to those residents of 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Streets from Niagara Street to Ferry Avenue only.

Parvo is a deadly virus that is contracted through exposure to waste matter of dogs that are positive for parvo. Parvo is life threatening and if left untreated, many animals will die from the disease. Treatment is very costly and some animals do not survive despite veterinary care. The best way to prevent contracting parvo is for your dog to be vaccinated against the virus.

This area in Niagara Falls has experienced many cases of parvo. The Niagara County SPCA is sponsoring this clinic to help prevent the spread of this illness to other dogs in the area. If you have any questions, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368. Proof of residency will be required in order for your dog to receive a free vaccination.


June 25, 2012

The Niagara County SPCA is hosting a Singles Mingle on Wednesday June 27, 2012 from 12:00 pm - 8:00pm at the shelter located at 2100 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Meet single felines in your area looking for love and long term relationships. Enjoy $6 dollar adoption fees on all felines for one day only. Also included is a free vet visit, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, current vaccinations, flea control administered to your new companion at the shelter and 30 days of free health insurance. WOW!!!!
Help your Niagara County SPCA clear out our packed adoption kennels once again. We are filled to the brim and can't make room for even one more. We need the community's support to place as many animals into loving homes as possible! You have nothing to lose and a new companion or companions to gain so come on down to the Niagara County SPCA and mingle on Wednesday June 27!!!

UPDATE:  The Singles Mingle Adoption Event was a success!

There were 77 total animals that went home, adoptions and foster to adopt.  5 Dogs and 72 cats/kittens.


June 10, 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended the Brunch on Saturday and the volunteers who helped put it together. We had a great turnout and brought in $5,200 after expenses. Not so bad for a first time event. Thank you to all of the businesses that donated baskets and prizes to help make our event successful!


What is ringworm and why does it pose such a risk in animal shelters?

Ringworm "dermatophytosis", is a fungal infection affecting the skin, hair and occasionally nails of animals (and people). Ringworm in an individual cat is a nuisance; however, ringworm in an animal shelter can lead to completely unmanageable outbreaks, thousands of dollars in diagnostic and medical costs, the possibility of spread to adopters and staff, and an intolerable blow to shelter status in the community. It is vital to have a consistent and effective strategy to prevent and manage this disease (sheltermedicine.com).

The Niagara County SPCA recently had a few isolated incidents of ringworm in a dog that was available on our adoption floor and two kittens that were surrendered to the shelter. As the weather gets warmer and the humidity levels begin to rise, we can expect to see an increase in the number of animals that that are affected by ringworm. The shelter, right now, does not have an isolation ward for animals that test positive for it. A separate building would have to be sought or an area that could be isolated from the rest of the shelter in order to contain and treat or act as a holding facility until foster homes can be found. Because ringworm is so contagious and can persist for years in the environment, it is imperative if these animals are to be treated that they immediately be moved into a foster home. 

The SPCA is in need of immediate homes for animals with ringworm. The treatment period is a minimum of 4 weeks with two negative cultures or tests before the animal can come back to the shelter. If you are interested in taking an animal or animals into your home that have ringworm for treatment, please submit a
Foster Application
 or call the shelter at 716-731-4368. You can find out more about ringworm and the treatment required at http://www.giveshelter.org/ringworm-treatment-program.html

Thank you for considering opening up your home to an animal in need.



May 29, 2012

The results are in.  The Niagara County SPCA has a new Board of Directors and they are...

In order by number of votes:

3 Year Term

AnnLouise Carosella
David Urban
Brian Barish
Michelle Madigan
Pamela Bruns
2 Year Term

Stephanie Ortel
Bob Richardson
David Bower
Lawrence Eggert
Andrew Bell
1 Year Term

Rachel Stepien
Kristen Strobel
Susan Persico
Kathy Lamont
Karen Karsten

Board Member Biographies


May 23, 2012

Chip is one resilient pup! She came to the shelter after being abandoned by her owner with a badly broken leg. After being examined at a local veterinarian, it was determined that Chip's leg would have to be removed. Off she went to surgery to have the leg amputated. She came back to the shelter later in the day and was provided a well padded kennel to make her comfortable. We found her the next morning lounging in the sun in the back of her kennel. This little girl is so happy despite the trauma of having her leg broken and then the surgery. She has no problem getting around and certainly has no problem begging for you to pick her up and put her in your lap. We know that we might be teaching her some bad doggie habits (unless, of course her new owners are looking for a 50 lb lap dog), but we just can't help but baby this beautiful girl after all that she has been through. The SPCA couldn't provide the necessary care for Chip and other animals like her if it weren't for the support of our community through donations and volunteer hours put in here at the shelter.

To sign up to be a foster parent please send an email to AnnLouise at A.Carosella@niagaraspca.org. When you sign up to be a foster parent you will help animals like Chip, Abby and Macie and many others. If you can not open up your home to become a foster parent, but would like to make a donation, please donate to our emergency medical fund. Thank you for your continuing support!

May 23, 2012

We are so proud of our girl Macie; she has put on so much weight while in the shelter and even got past a pretty bad case of kennel cough. Macie still has some weight to put on before we feel comfortable enough to spay her. We are looking for a foster home to place Macie in until she reaches that optimal weight. Right now she weighs 49 pounds. We would like to see another 10 pounds on her before she is able to go up for adoption. Macie has been great with everyone here at the shelter and even loves dogs. She has no activity restrictions and the only thing we ask is to fatten her up. If you are interested in providing Macie with a temporary or maybe even a permanent home when the time comes, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368.

May 23, 2012

Abby is doing very well here in the shelter and we believe it is about time we find that special home for her to continue her recovery in. She still has at least 6 weeks of cage rest, but her pain seems to be under control and we feel that it is now safe to place her in a home. We are looking for a quiet home that will help her to keep calm while her bones heal; too much excitement and shifting in her cage could hinder the healing process. If you are interested in helping Abby on her road to recovery, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368 and ask for our foster care department.

May 16, 2012

Jason Evrard, a 27 year old town of Wheatfield man is facing felony charges in a case of animal cruelty with a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment. Evrard after a dispute with his grandmother, slammed her 7 year old Lhasa Apso Abby against the floor threatening to break the dog's neck. Abby sustained a fractured pelvis and was treated at a local veterinarian. She is under the care of the SPCA with strict cage rest for the next 8 weeks. Time will tell if Abby is going to require surgery to mend her pelvis. She is a very sweet girl, but is in an immense amount of pain. We are keeping her quiet and calm and administering pain medication as needed. Evrard was apprehended last night at Wheatfield Town Court after he showed up for a court appearance on an unrelated charge.

Evrard was arraigned last night at Wheatfield Town Court for felony aggravated animal cruelty. He is set for pre trial date of May 21 at 5pm at the Wheatfield Town Court.

We are told that Evrard has a long history of violent behavior that went uncharged until this point. There is evidence that people who commit such horrendous acts of violence against animals are also likely to exhibit this same type of behavior against humans. It is imperative that when warning signs are seen for animal abuse early on that it is documented and reported to the proper authorities. This behavior can often be seen as early as childhood.  We take animal cruelty very seriously here at the Niagara County SPCA. Not only are we concerned for the animals that endure this type of brutality, but are concerned for other members of the family. Individuals who witness animal cruelty are encouraged to call the shelter and report such incidents at 716-731-4368.

"It is horrible and disturbing that an individual can take their anger and frustration out on an innocent animal", says SPCA Investigator Aaron Kandefer who was the officer that responded to the call when it came in. We are hoping that the court system will agree and sentence Evrard to a maximum penalty. We will keep you updated as this story progresses.

You can see her story at:

Channel 2: http://niagarafalls.wgrz.com/news/news/65961-arrest-warrant-issued-dog-slamming-case
Channel 4: http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/abused-dog-has-long-recovery-ahead
Channel 7: http://www.wkbw.com/video/Grandson-Accused-of-Spiking-Dog-Like-a-Football-151651555.html
YNN: http://buffalo.ynn.com/content/top_stories/584396/man-faces-felony-animal-cruelty-charges/
Buffalo News: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/niagara-county/article858862.ece

Donations for Abby's care and other animals like Abby can be made to the
 Emergency Medical Fund or in person at the shelter located at 2100 Lockport Rd in Niagara Falls.

May 11, 2012
More on Our Macie!

Macie is doing very well and she continues to gain steady weight. She is up to 46 pounds! That a girl Macie! Macie's story was recently covered by Channel 7. Click here to watch her story. Thank you to everyone in the community that has offered lots of support and concern for Macie. We couldn't do it without you!

May 10, 2012

The adoption promotion was a HUGE success!!! We adopted out 70 cats, 10 dogs and 26 animals were sent out foster to adopt (with medical conditions preventing adoption finalization). That's 106 animals that found homes today! We don't do that many adoptions in a month. We were overwhelmed by the public support and appreciate the community coming together to help make our SPCA what is should be. Congratulations to all of our adopters that took home new companions.

May 3, 2012
Update on Macie
The SPCA of Niagara is excited to see such improvement with Macie. Monday she went to the vet and had lost 3 pounds. This was to be expected because her body was not used to having to metabolize food. Yesterday we brought her out and weighed her and she gained 1 and a half of those pounds back and was in very high spirits. This little girl is so incredible; she has such a love for life and people. We introduced her to a couple of dogs yesterday because we worried that once treated she might be dog aggressive- better to know and work with her on a behavior modification program now than to find out later. We were very pleased to find out that not only does Macie like dogs, but she loves them and even tried to play in her less than coordinated manor due to muscle atrophy.

Once we see consistent weight gain we will look to place Macie in a foster home where she can continue to put on weight. Thank you to all of the individuals that have offered Macie well wishes and have provided food and monetary donations. It's through the donations of supporters and animal lovers in our community that the SPCA of Niagara is able to treat Macie and the other animals that come through the shelter's doors every day just like her.

April 27, 2012
Emaciated Dog Found In Cambria

A severely emaciated dog was rushed to the SPCA of Niagara by newly appointed Animal Cruelty Investigator Aaron Kandefer after the shelter received a call from a concerned citizen earlier today. The dog was found laying on the shoulder very close to traffic on Green Road in Cambria with barely enough energy to stand up. The approximately 5 year old female pit bull mix will receive continuing veterinary care for her emaciation, and a severe skin and uterine infection. Her body condition suggests that she was used for breeding and little care was taken in regard to her health. Despite her horrible condition she has a very sweet demeanor.  She wagged her tail during her entire physical examination. Anyone who has any information that could lead to a possible owner is encouraged to call the SPCA of Niagara at 716-731-4368. When asked how common this type of situation is, Officer Aaron Kandefer, an investigator who previously worked for the Erie County SPCA said, "It's not uncommon for breeders to dump dogs once they can no longer breed and it certainly looks like this is the case with this dog". 

The dog, dubbed Macie by SPCA staff is under the supervision of a local veterinarian. She has a long road ahead of her, but with continuing care, supportive fluids and small meals we hope that she will make a full recovery. The SPCA commends the members of our community who come to the aid of animals like Macie. If it hadn't been for that call to the shelter, Macie's chances of survival would have been significantly less in as little as one more day. Time is often of the essence with emaciation cases. Veterinary technician Molly Rubenstein said, "We're lucky that she came to the shelter when she did, but as long as we can keep her well hydrated and we concentrate on slow weight gain things look good". Macie will be placed on antibiotics for her skin infection and uterine infection and receive regular medicated baths in addition to monitored meals and fluids.

Please check back to follow Macie's story. Details will be posted as they become available.

Pictured above, Macie with a severe skin infection that has caused her feet to swell making it painful for her to walk. Severely emaciated due to lack of nutrition and overbreeding, Macie will be monitored closely for weight gain and treated for her additional medical issues.

April 13, 2012

The Story of Chop Sticks aka Goldfish

Life didn’t quite turn out the way Chop Sticks aka Goldfish thought it might. And that may be a good thing!

Found tied to the door of the shelter one morning, his luck didn’t look like it had been too good. He had an eye injury that could have and eventually did turn into Glaucoma.

Then Director John Faso, made the decision to give him a fighting chance and have the eye removed.

Step one in his path to happiness complete!

He became a shelter favorite, he’s quite personable… He was soon adopted but his active nature was not a good fit for his adoptive family and back to the shelter he came.

As fate would have it, it was the best thing that could have happened to him. A family with 6 active little boys came into the shelter one day and met him. He was an instant hit, even the baby loved him and Goldfish found his forever home.

Little did he know, he would become a media sensation, but not for the reasons we thought he would.

Sensationalism tends to make a point and soon there was a rumor that Goldfish had been euthanized by the Niagara SPCA. Controversy swirled, Facebook Pages were built, talk of a funeral followed.

All of this as Goldfish was assuming his new identity as “Chop Sticks”. He was settling comfortably into his new family. Surrounded by children that loved him and parents that were willing to take the time to make him a family pet, Chop Sticks had no idea that many thought he was dead.

As with many stories from the Niagara SPCA, this one has a happy ending. Pictured above is Chop Sticks, happy with his kids, enjoying life and clearly alive and kicking.

For those of you that belong to the Goldfish page on Facebook, your fears can be laid to rest, he’s not dead, he wasn’t euthanized, he was merely adopted by a loving family. He has a lot of responsibility now, 6 kids are a lot for one dog to take care of, but as you can see, he’s up to the task!

April 13, 2012
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