A new board of directors was elected Tuesday for the Niagara County SPCA by its members.
Officials reported 120 of the SPCA's 368 members participated in the election.
The new board will be seated Tuesday, June 5, replacing all the former board members.
In order by number of votes, elected to a three-year term were AnnLouise Carosella, foster care volunteer for both the Niagara and Erie counties SPCAs; David Urban, CPA and Wheatfield resident; Brian Barish, professional dog trainer in Lockport; Michelle Madigan, NCSPA volunteer and controller for EGW Associates Inc.; and Pamela Bruns, foster parent for the SPCA Serving Erie County. Elected to a two-year term were Stephanie Ortel, veterinary technician; Bob Richardson, law clerk and active with All Bassets Cherished Basset Hound Rescue; David Bower, Niagara Falls Police officer; Lawrence Eggert, Lockport chief of police; and Andrew Bell, Lewiston pet shop owner. Elected to a one-year term were Rachel Stepien, member of the M&T Rainforest Falls exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo and U.S. Air Force member; Kristen Strobel, animal rescue volunteer and former SPCA Serving Erie County night and surgery technician; Susan Persico, Buffalo veterinarian; Kathy Lamont, volunteer with the New York State Weimaraner Rescue and other rescue groups; and Karen Karsten, chairman of the board for the Seneca Gaming Corp.
The complete board changeover was part of protests over unnecessary euthanasia of animals, which led to the resignation of the former executive director.
Amy Lewis is serving as interim executive director and has made many changes at the facility. She said Wednesday she intends to be a candidate when the new board selects its executive director.