Please sign this petition to hold the Erie County, NY SPCA to their responsibilities, their own previously set limitations and their mission statement of "humane treatment to all creatures." Some animals have been rescued, yet many others remain in a repeated hoarding, neglect and abusive residence.
On 2/9/2019 during a agreed and scheduled home visit, by private individuals helping, a rescue/adoption organization, over 20 cats and 2 dogs were within the Kawa household. All animals living in very poor conditions and in need of vet care -fleas, URI's,and missing areas of fur. Additionally the individuals, conducting the home visit witnessed 2 cats physically abused by the home owner, one of them abused to the point of urinating on itself.
Erie County SPCA conducted it's 4th investigation at this known residence for animal hoarding on 2/15/2019. It has been reported that over 200 cats and kittens have been removed from this residence since 2008. Furthermore additional animals are unaccounted for or have died in a very short period of time with this same individual.
The Erie County SPCA has a history of a lack of enforcement and monitoring this consistent animal hoarding and neglect situation. They have questionable policies regarding investigations and enforcement efforts. They have received continued criticism from the animal welfare community around these policies. So it's understandable that the rescue community and other pet-loving members of the public, aware of the Erie County SPCA's history, would be worried about what was taking place with the pets in this individuals residence home located in West Seneca, NY.
We are urging the Erie County SPCA to take the following actions:
1. Removal of all the remaining animals from this residence by Erie County SPCA immediately
2.A guarantee for a positive outcome for all animals rescued. In other words, that all the animals in Kawa's care are either reunited with their original organization; adopted into a loving home; or are transferred to an agency who will guarantee a no-kill outcome
3. This individual is placed on a Do Not Adopt or foster list.
4. This individual and her place of residence is monitored to ensure no animals are obtained in the future.
5. Erie County SPCA maintains an organized and up to date Do Not Adopt list that is readily available
6. An explanation from the Erie County SPCA- to all parties involved in the reporting of this 2/9/2019 situation - for the following
A ) Why were the witnesses to physical abuse of two cats where never contacted during 2/15/2019 investigation.
B ) Why were 9 cats and 2 dogs allowed to remain within residence after 2/15/2019 inspection even though SPCA set standards regarding this in Dec.2017
C ) Knowing there was an investigation on 2/15/2019 was the actions of others on 2/11/2019 - 2/14/2019 (providing animal supplies, vetting, removing of more animals, etc) interference into the scheduled inspection.
We have contacted multiple members of the Erie County SPCA, including President and CEO Gary Willoughby, in an attempt discuss this matter. Numerous emails and phones calls have been unanswered by their department. For the safety of the animals,organizations such as them, need to be held accountable by the communities they serve. I am committed to help the animals in this horrible situation and will not back down.