Did Niagara SPCA Let A Puppy Suffer And Others Die Needlessly?

The Director of the Niagara County SPCA in New York is under fire for allegations of neglect that include; letting a sick Chihuahua puppy die alone in its cage and unjustly euthanizing nearly 600 lost or homeless animals in the past three months.

Board member Kathy Paradowski and SPCA employee Lisa Liddle accused the organization’s Executive Director, John Faso of “over euthanizing” healthy stray animals and not providing adequate veterinary care for sick and injured cats and dogs. They want him removed from his job.

Late in 2011 the Niagara Falls Police Department discovered a sick Chihuahua puppy that appeared to be suffering from Parvo. The dog was vomiting and bleeding from its mouth.

They called the SPCA to pick up the dog, believing it would be transferred to the Grand Island Veterinary Clinic for emergency care. However, when they called the hospital to check on the puppy’s condition, they were told the dog was never brought there.

Instead the puppy was taken to the SPCA shelter and put into a cage. The police dispatcher tried to contact Faso to request the Chihuahua be taken to the emergency clinic, but he never responded.

A SPCA employee found the puppy the next morning, “laying in a pool of blood and dying. The puppy tested positive for Parvo, but could not be saved and was euthanized.”

During the past few months SPCA staff and volunteers have taken pictures of other animals that have gone untreated.

“I like to think that I live in a more humane society than the county I’m living in right now. Breaks my heart to say that I live in a county where if your dog gets out – your dog is probably dead,” Lisa Liddle said.

Faso became the Executive Director for the SPCA in April 2010 after serving as the director of the Conference Center of Niagara Falls and a director of event services. He had limited experience working with animals and several staff members questioned his qualifications when he was hired. There was speculation that the real purpose of his job was to do fundraising rather than oversee the shelter.

A complete investigation into the practices of the Niagara County SPCA will be conducted by an animal welfare group in the next county. Director Barbara Carr, of the Erie County SPCA will oversee the investigation. Carr is an experienced evaluator of animal agencies and has worked as a consultant for the Humane Society of the United States.

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William C
William C2 months ago

Thanks for caring.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

very sad and disturbing !!!

Lois Mills
Lois Mills3 years ago

The man should not only lose his job, he needs to be charged with neglect and animal abuse, be incarcerated for a lengthy term, fined to the maximum and be forced on his release to community service for 100 hours, specifically to clean up kennels and dog parks or any other area frequented by dogs, under supervision of course. He was hired to treat sick animals, obviously he is sicker than any animal.

Tonya B.
Tonya B.5 years ago

GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH! John Faso I hope you have a long and miserable life like you gave the animals in your care!

Aimee A.
Aimee A5 years ago

I'm afraid that Director Barbara Carr will be a bit biased and side with her fellow SPCA people.

Mariacelia. H.

I want to Thank everyone that has answer or comented in the letting dog die. I want all the Care to advocate and activist to know there is a terrible thing going one and that we are trying to gind adopties for many puppys that will be kill if they do'nt find a home Please thos who love animals for the love of God help save this beings. the sadness of this animals breack anybodies heart.If you can and want pease visit the face book home and check the puppies that are waiting to get kill if no one adopt them. Help us please .I am writing notesfor peole to help them. Thank you for all the good deeds and things you do for others,Have a good day.If interested send a note to the Care 2 so they can send all the inf you want and I wil l give it to the Puppy pardons site. If you want to do it your self get intouch with .Puppy'spardon.net . or puppypardon .orgThank you. MCH

Judita F.
Judita F5 years ago

I vote for Faso's immediate dismissal from job! Away with such a creature!

Emma Davey
Emma D6 years ago

another sad failure in humanity's duty of care towards the other creatures of this earth that fall within our large and largely destructive sphere of influence (= almost all of them). sigh.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Awful "man". Hope he becomes unemployed really soon and that a more deserving person replaces him.