Niagara Gazette —
The report led the shelter's then board of directors to call for the election of a new board and the rewriting of the organization's by-laws.
Since the election of the shelter's current board of directors, and under the direction of Bell and Lewis, survival rates have risen from 88 percent in early 2012 to 95 percent by the end of year. That rate has remained steady in 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 (the) public," the Board statement read. "The Board of Directors offers its heartfelt thanks to Andrew for his dedication and hard work and wishes him well in the future."
Reached late Thursday evening, Bell indicted that he had viewed his job as the shelter executive director as transitional.
"I think I achieved what I wanted to do," he said. "We're moving in the right direction."
Bell said he would "be around to help" while the search for his successor is under way.
The board said it is "in the process of formulating plans to launch a nationwide search for a permanent executive director experienced in nonprofit organizations."
Board President Bryan Barish said he expected the search to begin within the next month.
"We brought Andrew in to help us stabilize the operation," Barish said. "Once that happened, Andrew decided that he would go back to his business."