Just a week ago we were talking about animal cruelty and puppy mills, and in an ironic twist the New York State Police today raided the Wyoming County SPCA following allegations that “hundred cats were living under inhumane living conditions and funds were being improper handled.” Police also raided an adoption center run by the Wyoming County SPCA in the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, NY.
According to the BuffaloNews.com, Erie County SPCA spokeswoman Gina Browning, who is assisting with the investigation said, “I think deplorable is an understatement in how to describe the conditions inside that facility.” The Wyoming County Emergency Response Team is also assisting in the clean up.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, who represents the 59th District, released a statement today that read, in part, “I hope a pattern of mistreatment is not emerging among the SPCA centers of Western New York. When considering the recent problems that have arisen at area SPCA’s, one thing is clear, New York State needs a comprehensive review of its animal shelter and adoption policies…”
In January, the Erie County SPCA announced that it would lead an investigation into allegations of animal abuse at the Niagara County SPCA. Protestors has claimed severely injured animals had gone untreated at the facility and that 500 cats and dogs, many of them healthy, were euthanized during a two-month period.
According to the Wyoming County SPCA website, “The Wyoming County SPCA is a not for profit animal rescue organization based out of Attica, New York. Founded in 1905, the WC SPCA has placed thousands of orphaned, abandoned, and abused animals in to permanent, qualified homes.” The home page currently has a message that reads, “Volunteers Needed!!!! The animals need YOU! Volunteers are needed at the Adoption Center to clean cages, feed, visit with customers, sit with the cats or sell merchandise. Any time you can spare will help immensely. Contact any staff member for more information.”
You can read more at BuffaloNews.com.