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March 11, 2013

No-kill activists file suit to dump SPCA reform board


Niagara Gazette — Conceivably, he said, current trustees could keep re-electing themselves and/or their preferred candidates perpertually, as they’re likely to be the only ones with voting privileges.

“This board, elected by the members last May, is trying to get rid of all the members. They’re installing themselves,” he said.

Reese further claimed the board talks the talk, but does not walk the walk, of no-kill animal sheltering.

He openly dismisses the SPCA of Niagara’s reporting of “Asilomar” statistics, or its live release rate of animals adopted out, transferred to another facility or returned to owners, as artificially high. SPCA’s figure doesn’t account for “owner-requested euthanasia (on the basis pets were) unhealthy and untreatable,” according to its own website. No-kill activists complain the shelter’s definition of “unhealthy and untreatable” is too loose.

“They’re doing fake no-kill,” Reese charged. “It’s only a matter of time until they’re broke or they start killing animals again, if they ever stopped.”

Without acknowledging the suit, which was filed Feb. 28, the SPCA board on March 1 issued a two-page shelter progress report, titled “What a difference a year makes ... “

In 2012, the Lockport Road shelter’s “no kill ratio” increased to 99 percent from a historic low of 29 percent in 2011, while its dog and cat adopt-out rate doubled, to 1,568, and it undertook a foster care program that landed temporary homes for over 800 animals, the report said.

The organization also got 244 dogs vaccinated against parvo virus in Niagara Falls, struck up a partnership with Cornell University Hospital for Animals to launch a spay/neuter program this spring, got three trustees certified as animal cruelty investigators and invested in shelter improvements from sanitizing and repainting to new signs, kennel fire doors, a phone system, a tractor and a cargo van, the report said.

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